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      Adobo Festival invades Sacramento
    T      he 5th Annual Adobo Festival is invading Sacramento
           on August 21 & 22. This is a follow-up to the suc-
           cessful festival in Union City last July 17 & 18, 2010.
    True to its vision of celebrating food and music, the Adobo
    Festival has been created to capture the cultural camaraderie
    of various communities around California. The warm recep-
    tion given to the festival these past five years has brought to
    the idea of holding it twice a year in different areas. And now,
    Sacramento will get a taste of it.
    The coming festival promises a galore of fun, food and entertainment.
    Different activities were planned to delight the crowd. Expect surprises
    at the Adobo Cook-off Contest where different variations of adobo will
    be presented like Adobo Sushi, Crispy Adobo Flakes, coco milk filled
    adobo and a lot more. The Kiddie Popstar Competition will showcase the
    powerful singing voice of our talented tykes.
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Aquino confirms                                                                                                                                                                           An Honor and
next month’s US                              Filipino                                                                                                                                     a Privilege
trip, his first as
president                                     Barrio
Aquino III
confirmed                                    38th Annual Celebration
Monday                                       of Filipino Culture
he will be
traveling to                                 The annual Barrio Fiesta, com-
the United                                   memorating the anniversary of
States next                                  Filipino Plaza was held at Center
month to in-                                 and Market streets in downtown
vite poten-                                  Stockton. The two-day celebra-
tial investors                               tion, featured Filipino food, folk
to visit the                                 dance, music, martial arts, and a
Philippines.                                 Filipiniana fashion show.
      He will Pres. Noynoy Aquino               On the second day of the cel-
be meeting with Finance Secretary            ebration, a religious procession
Cesar Purisima, who has just returned        led families to a celebratory
from the US to lay the groundwork            Mass at Filipino Plaza’s social
for his trip, to discuss how “to make        hall. Scholarship awards was                                                                                                                                                Photo by Angie Wilson
the country even more attractive to          presented to Felicia Escalona,                                                                                                              “A new batch of one thousand three hundred
all of these investors in the hopes of       Toby Fox, Bemigrace Pascual,                                                                                                                ten naturalized American citizens took the
generating all of those jobs.”               Paulo Gutierrez, Anthea Lam-                                                                                                                Pledge of Allegiance during ceremonies held in
   US Ambassador to the Philippines          zon, Willie Joe Marquez and                                                                                                                 Paramount Theatre in Oakland on July 29. Rudy
Harry Thomas had told him “there is          Grace Santuya. The event was                                                                                                                Viernes, a regular contributing-columnist of
a serious interest on the part of inves-     free and open to the public.                                                                                                                Philippine Fiesta News, led in the oath taking,
tors to know what’s in store for them                                                                                                                                                    the very first ever Filipino to have done so. ”
        Continued on page 3                                   Photos by Dave San Pedro                                                                                                                  Continued on page 6

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                                              Editor’s Note                                                                                                               Bayan: Oral arguments on Luisita
                                              Summer vacation season is almost over. For our family, we just had the
                                              most wonderful time spending our three weeks vacation with our family
                                                                                                                                                                          to resolve land monopoly
                                              back east. I've been back to work since and just this past weekend started                                                  By Dennis Carcamo
                                              attending fiesta celebrations again, with Dave and I in Stockton's Barrio
                                              Fiesta and with Dane and Deidra, our children, attending the "Pistahan"
                                              in San Francisco.

                                              I congratulate the Maharlika Lions Club of District 4C-5 based in Sac-
                                              ramento for doing it again, as the Top Club of the Year for the 5th time.
                                                                                                                                                                          M        ilitant group
                                                                                                                                                                                   Bayan remains
                                                                                                                                                                                   hopeful that the
                                                                                                                                                                          oral arguments at the Su-
                                                                                                                                                                          preme Court on the Ha-
                                              And it is with great pride that I extend the same to Carle and Sarah Enloe
                                              in receiving the Lion of the Year award. They have been with us all this                                                    cienda Luisita land dis-
                                              time as Philippine Fiesta's volunteer community editors. I have to say                                                      pute will finally resolve
                                              that they are one of the reasons why this publication continue to exist. I                                                  the decades-old problem
                                              salute you both for your tireless effort in covering and reporting for almost
                                              every event and gathering in our Fil-Am community in Sacramento.                                                            of land monopoly in Tar-
                                                                                                                                                                          lac, the home province
     Adobo Festival has made it to Sacramento. They are a travelling fiesta celebration produced by                                                                       of President Aquino.
     Joey Camins Production. They have been all over the bay area, with the most recent one held
     in Union City. It's a different flavor of entertainment so come support the event and see some of                                                                    “The Supreme Court will be
     our local entertainers perform. It will be held at the William Land Park at Land Park Drive in                                                                       in a position to pave the way
     Sacramento, on August 21 and 22.                                                                                                                                     for the realization of social
                                                                                                                                                                          justice for thousands of farm-
     The Filipino American Veterans Association will hold its Golf Tournament on Sept. 18. For                                                                            ers. We expect the Aquino                                      Hacienda Luisita
     more information, please call Joe Rivera at 916 233 5517. It's only $75.00 per person with cart                                                                      government to uphold the
     included. The Maharlika Lions Club will also hold a Golf Tournament on Oct. 3.                                                                                       position revoking the SDO (stock distribution op-        the workers’ lives and in fact made them more
                                                                                                                                                                          tion) as a form of ‘land reform.’ The Office of the      miserable.
     Anyone to partner up with me will play for free.                                                                                                                     Solicitor General will be expected to defend the             On Dec. 23, 2005, the Presidential Agrarian
                                                                                                                                                                          position of the Department of Agrarian Reform and        Reform Council (PARC) issued Resolution No.
     Make it happen,                                                                                                                                                      the Presidential Argrarian Reform Commission,”           2005-32-01 revoking HLI’s SDO scheme and
     Dinnah San Pedro                                                                                                                                                     Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. said.           ordering the redistribution of Hacienda Luisita.
                                                                                                                                                                              The Supreme Court is scheduled tomorrow to           But HLI asked the Supreme Court for a temporary
                                                                                                                                                                          hear oral arguments on a 2003 petition by Hacienda       restraining order (TRO) on the resolution, which
                                                                                                                                                                          Luisita workers and supervisors for the revocation       was granted in 2006.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The oral arguments on Aug. 18 will be the first
Arroyo critics still on a hot streak in Congress                                                                                                                          of the Cojuangco-owned landholding’s stock dis-
                                                                                                                                                                          tribution option (SDO).                                  since the TRO was issued.
By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez                                                                                                                                                   Following what is now known as the Hacienda               Reyes said that at tomorrow’s oral arguments
                                                                                                                                                                          Luisita massacre of Nov. 16, 2004, Task Force            revolving around the biggest family-owned land-

P    ampanga Representa-                                  speech was interspersed with                               in Edsa Dos and in the 2004                          Luisita, formed by the Department of Agrar-              holding in the Philippines, whatever the outcome
     tive Gloria Macapa-                                  video clips, including the violent                         elections, was the most corrupt                      ian Reform (DAR), convened several times and             will have a bearing on other land disputes of a
                                                          demonstration of May 2001,                                 and most evil in the history of                      conducted investigations into the conditions of          similar character.
     gal-Arroyo’s critics                                                                                                                                                 Hacienda Luisita’s workers.                                  “Whatever decision that will come about will
                                                          when the supporters of his ousted                          our country. The Arroyo admin-
continue to hound her with                                father, former President Joseph                            istration is the worst regime the                        In its Terminal Report dated Sept. 22, 2005,         have far-reaching implications on some 11 other
privilege speeches three                                  “Erap” Estrada tried to reclaim                            country ever had. The only il-                       Task Force Luisita recommended the revocation            lands placed under the SDO nationwide. The deci-
weeks into the session of the                             Malacanang from Arroyo.                                    legitimate President the country                     of the SDO, pointing out that it failed to improve       sion can either help advance the farmers’ struggle
House of Representatives.                                     Ejercito said he does not care                         ever had,” he said.                                                                                           for genuine land reform or set it back once more,”
                                                          if the ethics committee will sanc-                            Ejercito did not entertain inter-                                                                          he said.
It was the turn of San Juan City
Representative Joseph Victor
Ejercito to hurl tirades against the
                                                          tion him for his speech, similar
                                                          to the threat being faced by two
                                                          partylist lawmakers – Akbayan
                                                                                                                     pellation, saying he will deliver
                                                                                                                     a series of speeches against the
                                                                                                                     former President in the coming
                                                                                                                                                                          Big picture
former President on Monday, say-
ing Arroyo led the “worst regime”
                                                          Representative Walden Bello
                                                          and Bayan Muna Representa-
                                                                                                                        Davao del Sur Representative
                                                                                                                                                                          Theres The Rub
in terms of corruption, human                             tive Teddy Casino – who earlier                            Marc Douglas Cagas IV is due to                      By Conrado de Quiros
rights violations and disregard for                       delivered a privilege speech criti-                        file a complaint before the ethics                                                                            for just compensation, while taking account of its
the Constitution.                                         cizing Arroyo.                                             committee against the speeches                       THE PEOPLE who cry about Hacienda Luisita                substantial debts. Any other course will make of it
   Narrating how the country was                               “I am here today to tell the                          of Bello and Casino. But he said                     being the mother of all injustices would be more         a huge blot on the Aquino name (it won’t be seen
plunged into “darkness” under the                         people that the past administra-                           he will no longer include Ejer-                      believable if they’ve shown an ability to cast their     as Cojuangco), an albatross on P-Noy’s government
Arroyo administration, Ejercito’s                         tion, who stole the presidency                             cito’s speech in his complaint                       eyes at a wider arc, enough to have a sense of scale.    dogging like a bad omen any effort at reform it un-
                                                                                                                                                                          But to see hell in Hacienda Luisita and heaven in        dertakes. Any other course will make of it a living
                                                                                                                                                                          the diverted C-5 and the other land scams of the         symbol of lack of will, if not of vision, blotting out
                                                                                                                                                                          presidential candidate they supported in the last        all legal argument, turning it into a dark turn in the
Bellyaching                                                                             reorganization in the AFP because of the change
                                                                                                                                                                          elections, that is to wonder if they can distinguish
                                                                                                                                                                          mothers from orphans if they paraded themselves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Impossible Dream, turning the Impossible Dream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   into a dream that is merely impossible.
When members of the Philippine Military Acad-                                           of leadership, is from a position that merits three-                              before them. It is selective perception at its worst.       What to do with the Hacienda Luisita, however,
emy’s once privileged class of 1978 were leapfrog-                                      star rank to one for a two-star general. Angue has                                It is also a poor excuse to justify, or make the world   also offers P-Noy a tremendous opportunity to take
ging over senior PMA batches during the Arroyo                                          only two stars, but he didn’t see anything wrong                                  forget, so un-revolutionary a decision as to back        a good hard look at land reform. And push for a real
administration in terms of promotion and coveted                                        when he leapfrogged over three-star officers to                                   so reactionary a candidate in the last presidential      one, one that takes into account its actual record,
assignments, Rear Adm. Feliciano Angue saw no                                           get the Metro Manila command in the previous                                      race.                                                    the plight of the farmers, and the situation of agri-
injustice. The head of the Armed Forces of the Phil-                                    administration. Why is he bellyaching now for                                         But that said, Hacienda Luisita is a black mark      culture amid globalization. Merely distributing the
ippines’ National Capital Region Command happily                                        getting a position calling for his two stars?                                     on the face of the Aquinos. Cory should have             land, as his detractors demand, does not necessarily
toiled away in his plum post, amid rumors that the                                        No one has a title to any military position, even                               disposed of it years ago, submitting it to parceling     guarantee good results, or even social justice. In the
military and police commands in Metro Manila                                            if that could be an impression certain members                                    as CARP demanded for properties of that size. At         first place that is not what all, or probably most,
were preparing to create a scenario that would                                          of Class ’78 might have developed during the                                      the very least that is so because it was a campaign      of the tenants want, and it is just as tyrannical to
justify a postponement of the May elections.                                            previous administration. Not surprisingly, Arroyo                                 promise—a campaign to liberate the country that          dictate upon them that they do as it is to deny it to
                                                                                        allies in Congress have chimed in, calling for                                    came well before the snap election. Land to the          those that do. Many prefer the security of a steady
Now that Class ’78 has lost its pampered position                                       an investigation into Angue’s complaint. Don’t                                    tiller was a rallying cry of freedom. And People         income, however paltry, to the risks of owning land.
and its most prominent member, former President                                         lawmakers have saner things to do?                                                Power gathered no small amount of following also         “Land is life” is a nice slogan for those who have not
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s favorite soldier Delfin                                          If Angue wants to dabble in politics, he should                                because it offered land ownership that differed from     actually buckled down to the tedious, backbreaking
Bangit, has opted for early retirement as Armed                                         quit and seek elective office, like other military                                the sham that was Marcos’ and the one that came          and often counterproductive work of tilling it.
Forces chief, Angue is suddenly seeing injustice                                        officers before him. The midterm elections are                                    without a deed from NPA appropriation.                      The record of CARP reversions, or of beneficia-
in the AFP’s system of assignment and promotion.                                        three years away, but he can still make it to the                                    That Hacienda Luisita turned its tenants into co-     ries almost immediately selling off their lands to
Angue is stewing over his replacement as NCRCom                                         upcoming barangay election, if he is in a hurry                                   owners of the entrepreneurial project it proposed        buyers, must certainly raise the alarm bells. That
chief and his transfer to the Naval Forces Western                                      to enter politics. Otherwise he should obey his                                   to be is debatable. In any case it fell in league,       cannot simply be excused by saying it is govern-
Mindanao Command. In a speech yesterday, he                                             superiors, shut up and take his punishment, if                                    wittingly or not, with the determined efforts of big     ment’s fault for failing to give the beneficiaries the
described his transfer as a demotion. He attrib-                                        that’s what he considers his new assignment.                                      landlords to retain their huge estates by claiming       needed support. There are limits to what govern-
uted it to his claim that certain military officers                                     The AFP brass, meanwhile, should rethink this                                     to be turning them into industrial enclaves. Some        ment can do, particularly given the storm of open
engaged in politicking in the May elections, and                                        posting. Unhappy officers can compromise mili-                                    did, such as golf courses could be called industrial     markets, a storm infinitely fiercer than “Ondoy”
those who picked the right candidate were now                                           tary operations, especially in high-risk areas of                                 enclaves. Most did not. Hacienda Luisita remained        or “Pepeng” or the most devastating typhoon this
being rewarded.                                                                         Mindanao. Angue is a naval officer; he should                                     for the most part unproductive.                          country has encountered.
  Angue’s transfer, made amid an ongoing general                                        be good at floating.                                                                  At the very most that was so because Hacienda           All government can do is to try to make farming
                                                                                                                                                                          Luisita was a symbol. Its very name conjured im-         a reasonable option, which should really be the
                                                                                                                                                                          ages of lord and serf, cacique and sakada, benefactor    object of land reform. The rice crisis a couple of
                                                                                                                                                                          and supplicant. Cory rose to power on the power of       years ago made that abundantly clear. No one wants
                                                  Mabuhay Lions Club                                                                                                      symbols. She was the Joan of Arc battling the forces     to farm anymore. Why in hell would one? Plant-
                                                  Installation of Officers & New Members                                                                                  of tyranny, outside and inside her ranks. So has her     ing rice and food crops, which is pretty much the
                                                                                                                                                                          son, P-Noy. He was the reluctant hero, the Frodo,        lot of land reform beneficiaries, is an invitation to
                                                            Come join the celebration. Mabuhay Lions Club                                                                 the Arthur, the Lion King, battling the usurper to       grapes-of-wrath type misery. You are prey to storms
                                                            will be celebrating it’s 31st anniversary.                                                                    claim his destiny. They of all people should know        and pests, or indeed the bigger pestilence of usurers
                                                                                                                                                                          that symbols have the capacity as much to undo as        and rice traders who buy your harvest at bargain-
                                                                                                                                                                          do. Whatever justifications they trot out in support     basement prices, claiming it is not up to par or even
                                                            Entertainment by “Uncle Pete’s Shipwreck Crew”                                                                of retaining the estate simply will not do.              ruined, and you barely make enough to get your
                                                            (Polynesian songs & dances).                                                                                       The act of giving up Hacienda Luisita would         family by even by stretching the un-stretchable,
                                                            Dress Hawaiian. Serving Hawaiian Luau food.                                                                   have gone a long way toward showing that Cory            why would you want to remain a farmer? Or your
                                                                                                                                                                          was deadly serious about land reform. Certainly it       children to be so?
                                                                                                                                                                          would have battered down the stiff resistance being         Especially when, having a million bucks or two,
                                                                                     Del Lynch House                                                                      offered by the Starkes and Lobregats in Congress         a sum you’ve never seen in your whole life, dangled
                                                                                     4147 Park Road                                                                       to it. People had always looked up to Cory to set an     before your eyes by someone who wants to buy your
                                                                                     Sacramento CA 95841                                                                  example. This was a bad one, along with fighting         newly gift-wrapped lot, gets you thinking you’ll
                                                                                                                                                                          to keep the US bases.                                    have the means to get your son to Gabon and your
                                                                                     Time: 03:00 pm                                                                           I myself do not see any other course for P-Noy       daughter to Abu Dhabi?
      Phone: 916.370.1821                                                                                                                                                 except the same one his mother should have taken            Get out of Hacienda Luisita and see the big pic-
      Donation $10 per person                                                        RSVP: Cheryl Hutchins                                                                years ago. Which is to make Hacienda Luisita a           ture. The sensation will not be unlike being sprung
                                                                                                                                                                          thing of the past. Which is to give it up in exchange    from jail and tasting freedom.

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                                                                                                                     Palace recalls P10.6 billion in GMA
Mancao bares ‘offers’ for him to retract                                                                             ‘pork’ releases
testimony vs Lacson                                                                                                  By Jess Diaz                                                                    Responding to another ques-
By Marlon Ramos                                                                                                                                                                                   tion, Andaya said he could not
                                                                                                                                                                                                  remember if there were releases

F    ormer police offi-
     cial Cezar Mancao
     II bared what he said
were “pressures and offers”
                                                                             him on Friday night due to his
                                                                             supposed violation of the Wit-
                                                                             ness Protection Program (WPP)
                                                                                 The NBI had admitted its
                                                                                                                     M        alacañang and
                                                                                                                              the Department
                                                                                                                              of Public Works
                                                                                                                     and Highways (DPWH) are
                                                                                                                     recalling P10.61 billion in
                                                                                                                                                                                                  of congressional insertions to
                                                                                                                                                                                                  other departments.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Actually, the P30.32 billion
                                                                                                                                                                                                  embedded in the DPWH bud-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  get is part of the P64.6-billion
                                                                             boo-boo and asked De Lima to                                                                                         reduction senators and con-
for him to take back his                                                     place Mancao under the care of          pork barrel funds former                                                     gressmen made from 2010 debt
accusations against his for-                                                 the WPP security agents.                President Gloria Macapa-                                                     payment funds and which they
mer boss in the Philippine                                                       According to Topacio, the           gal-Arroyo had released                                                      diverted to their pork barrel.
National Police, Senator                                                     bribe offers to his client were         to her congressional allies               GMA                                    In signing the budget, Mrs.
Panfilo Lacson, whom he                                                      part of a “pattern” which alleg-
                                                                                                                     before she stepped down with the policy of keeping the                       Arroyo restored the debt pay-
                                                                             edly started when Mancao’s for-                                     (budget) deficit within the pro-                 ment cut but kept the lawmakers’
had named as the master-                                                     mer colleague, Glen Dumlao,             last June 30.
mind of the Dacer-Corbito                                                                                                                        jected level for FY (fiscal year)                projects that were to be funded
                                                                             claimed that the DoJ had been                                                  2010. As of end June 2010, the        from debt funds.
murders.                                                                     forcing him to indict Lacson in         DWPH Secretary Rogelio Sing-
                                                                                                                                                            fiscal performance showed that            The P64.6-billion diversion
                                                                             the 2000 killing of public rela-        son has ordered his regional
                                                                                                                                                            the actual deficit of P196.7 bil-     was on top of the more than
“There were emissaries. As you                                               tions expert Salvador “Bubby”           directors, project directors and
                                                                                                                                                            lion exceeded the deficit target      P23 billion in annual regular
know, we have many common                                                    Dacer and his driver Emmanuel           managers, and district engineers                                             pork barrel funds for members
                                                                                                                     to “withdraw” the funds for the        by P51.6 billion,” Abad said in
friends,” Mancao told reporters                                              Corbito.                                                                       his letter.                           of Congress. Each senator gets
after his hour-long meeting with                                                The offers, he said, were be-        congressmen-recipients’ projects                                             P200 million a year, while each
                                                                                                                                                                “In this regard, the release of
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima              Sen. Panfilo Lacson             tween “seven to eight figures,”         upon the request of Budget Sec-
                                                                                                                                                            P10.61 billion without the cor-       House member is allocated P70
at her office at the Department                                              meaning the bribe could run up          retary Florencio Abad.
                                                                                                                                                            responding revenue measures           million.
of Justice (DoJ) in Manila on        ever, refused to give the details of    to millions of pesos.                        Presumably, the withdrawal
                                                                                                                     had the approval of President          identified by Congress will have        Thus, all told, lawmakers have
Tuesday.                             the bribe offers purportedly com-           “There were pressure and                                                   the effect of bloating the deficit.   more than P87 billion this year
    “But I still would like to say   ing from Lacson’s camp.                 offers for him (Mancao) to              Aquino.
                                                                                                                                                            However, if we are to maintain        in regular pork barrel allocations
that I would stand (for) what I        Accompanied by his lawyer Fer-        retract and not only to retract,            It was not known how many
                                                                                                                     allies of Mrs. Arroyo were af-         the deficit level with the release    and budgetary insertions, which
said to the court. I will continue   dinand Topacio, Mancao sought           but to point to some other                                                     of said amount, this will lead to     were made by a congressional
the fight,” he said in a mix of      audience with De Lima after the         parties as mastermind in the            fected. The former president is
                                                                                                                                                            suppression of DPWH lump-sum          committee jointly chaired by
English and Filipino.                National Bureau of Investigation        Dacer-Corbito double murder,”           now the representative of Pam-                                               Sen. Edgardo Angara and former
                                                                                                                                                            funds of same amount, which in
  The former police official, how-   (NBI) reportedly tried to detain        Topacio said.                           panga’s second district.
                                                                                                                                                            turn will lead to non-implemen-       Quirino Rep. Junie Cua.
                                                                                                                          The STAR learned of Sing-                                                    The DPWH received the
                                                                                                                     son’s order and Abad’s request         tation /deferment of projects,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                  biggest augmentation from the
Cha-cha not Aquino’s priority — Carandang                                                                            on Monday when Mrs. Arroyo’s           he said.
                                                                                                                                                                “Given these scenarios, there     diverted debt payments. The
                                                                                                                     allies in the minority bloc in the                                           department’s budget is where
                                                                                                                     House of Representatives invited       is a need to withdraw allotments
                                                                                                                                                            that have not been obligated yet.     most congressional insertions

M        alacañang on                is not a priority right now for the     amendments to the 1987 Con-             the DPWH chief to a luncheon
                                     Aquino administration, the Stra-        stitution would also depend on                                                 Further, kindly review those          are hidden.
         Tuesday said that                                                                                           meeting.                                                                          Other recipients of huge
                                     tegic Planning chief said.              the concerns brought up during             Ostensibly, they wanted to air      that were already obligated and
         Charter Change is                He also said, the Palace has       negotiations with the MILF.                                                    explore the possibility of their      augmentations included the De-
                                                                                                                     their complaints against Sing-                                               partment of Agriculture, which
not a priority of President          already asked Government chief            He said the government would          son’s directive for the removal        cancellation to enable this depart-
Benigno S. Aquino III at             negotiator Dean Marvic Leonen           negotiate with the MILF not for                                                ment to withdraw the unobligated      received an additional P3.3
                                                                                                                     of project billboards showing the                                            billion; Department of Trans-
this point.                          to explain what he has stated           independence but for the high-          lawmakers’ images and names.           allotments,” he said.
                                     regarding Cha-cha.                      est form of autonomy.                        But it turned out that their           In his directive to his field    portation and Communications,
                                          He also said that President           Leonen said the government                                                  personnel, Singson made it clear      P2.1 billion; Department of
Communications and Strategic                                                                                         real purpose was to confront                                                 Agrarian Reform, P1.3 billion;
Planning Secretary Ricky Caran-      Aquino is not closing his doors on      panel is now studying various           the DPWH chief about his fund          that the DPWH would have to
dang said in a media briefing on     Charter Change, especially when         agreements reached with the             withdrawal order and lodge their       sacrifice its own projects if funds   Department of Environment and
                                     it is done for the right reason and     MILF during the past adminis-                                                  released by Mrs. Arroyo for           Natural Resources, P1.5 billion;
Tuesday, President Aquino has                                                                                        formal protest against it.                                                   and Department of Interior and
many other things to resolve than    at the right time and under the         tration and these will include the           In his directive to DPWH          projects funded by congressional
                                                                                                                                                            insertions were not recalled.         Local Government
giving priority to amending the      right circumstances.                    agreement on the general cessa-         field personnel, Singson echoed                                              , P1.1 billion.
1987 Constitution in relation to        ”At this point, we are not there     tion of hostilities, on humanitar-      Abad’s concerns in asking for the          He ordered them to immedi-
                                     yet,” the Strategic and Planning        ian and rehabilitation concerns,                                               ately inform him of the actions            The Department of Social
peace talks with the Moro Islamic                                                                                    recall of releases for “congressio-                                          Welfare and Development got an
Liberation Front (MILF).             secretary said.                         civilian protection and even            nal initiatives” (the euphemism        they have taken and the projects
                                        On Monday, Dean Leonen said          socio-economic programs.                                                       affected.                             additional P915 million, while
     Carandang said the govern-                                                                                      for pork barrel funds and bud-                                               the Department of Health got
ment’s peace negotiations with       that the administration would be           He said that the government          getary insertions) Mrs. Arroyo            Reached for comment, former
                                                                                                                                                            budget secretary and now Cama-        P566 million more.
the MILF have not even started       open to changing the Constitution       is ready to resume peace talks          had made.                                                                         Subsidies for government
and thus talks about Charter         to resolve issues with the MILF         with the MILF in September,                 In a letter to his Cabinet col-    rines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya
Change is very speculative at the    as long as these amendments             once the holy Muslim month of           league, Abad said the P10.61           Jr. confirmed that there have been    corporations were increased by
                                     were necessary, feasible and ac-        Ramadan ends.                                                                  releases made out of the lawmak-      P3.3 billion to P24.3 billion.
moment.                                                                                                              billion is part of a total of P30.32                                           Among the recipients was An-
    ”We don’t even know where        ceptable.                                  Leonen also pointed out that         billion that lawmakers had in-         ers’ budgetary insertions.
                                          Lenonen also said that any         there would be no repeat of the                                                     “I think some releases were      gara’s two-year-old Aurora Spe-
it is going to go, will we reach                                                                                     serted in this year’s DPWH                                                   cial Economic Zone Authority
an agreement that will require       amendment would be the result           legal fiasco on the Memoran-            budget.                                made before I left (he quit in
                                     of exhaustive consultations not         dum of Agreement on Ancestral                                                  March). I already had second          (ASEZA), whose 2010 budget
amendment, we do not know. So I                                                                                          He indicated that the former                                             jumped five times to P800 mil-
think, we’ll cross the bridge when   only with the MILF but with the         Domain in 2008 which the                president violated her own “con-       thoughts then about making those
                                     other concerned sectors.                Supreme Court ruled unconsti-                                                  releases,” he told The STAR.          lion from only P145 million as
we get there,” Carandang said.                                                                                       ditional veto message” that she                                              proposed by Mrs. Arroyo.
  Talks about the Charter Change        But the chief negotiator said that   tutional.                               sent to Congress as part of her            He would not say if Mrs. Ar-
                                                                                                                                                            royo ordered him to release the          In a recent interview, Aurora
                                                                                                                     approval of the P1.54-trillion                                               Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara, who
                                                                                                                     2010 budget early this year.           money.
Aquino confirms next month’s US trip, his first                                                                                                                Asked about the former presi-      co-authored with his father the
                                                                                                                         He quoted the pertinent part                                             law creating ASEZA, said as far
                                                                                                                     of Mrs. Arroyo’s veto message,         dent’s own condition that the
                                                                                                                                                            funds would be made available to      as he knew, no part of the addi-
as president                                                                                                         which provides that the “release
                                                                                                                     of the increased items of ap-          lawmakers only if they approve        tional P655 million for their free
From page 1                                                                                                          propriations is subject to the         new tax measures, Andaya said,        port has been released.
                                                                                                                                                            “That’s only part of the condition      Senators and congressmen also
if they invest in the Philippines.   Nations General Assembly and            into venture-capital industries,        identification by Congress of                                                augmented their own budget by
     “So you know that job gen-                                                                                      new revenue measures in support        or the veto message but which is
                                     witness the signing of an agree-        and they are movers and shak-                                                  being highlighted.”                   P1.8 billion to P8.8 billion, and
eration is the first priority, and   ment with Millennium Challenge          ers of that industry,” he said.         thereof.”                                                                    their Priority Development As-
                                                                                                                                                                “The other part is you can re-
America is still the biggest [of     Corp. granting $434 million to the        “They find it difficult to invest          The 15th Congress has not
                                                                                                                                                            lease the money if there are sav-     sistance Fund (PDAF) by P4
our] trading partners,” Mr. Aqui-    Philippines.                            in the Philippines primarily            passed any new revenue bill. It                                              billion to P10.9 billion. PDAF is
no said.                                                                                                             has not even started tackling any      ings or you kill or scrap an equal
                                        He will also be meeting with         because we lack the human                                                      amount in the agencies’ regular       the only transparent pork barrel
   “Therefore, we are called upon    the officials of the Philippine De-     resources to meet the needs of          revenue measure.
                                                                                                                                                            appropriations,” he said.             allocation in that it is so speci-
to go there and try to make the      velopment Foundation to discuss         industries in that category.”              “This veto message is in line                                             fied in the annual budget.
country even more attractive to      ways of “growing our information           Mr. Aquino said the details
investors in the hopes of generat-   technology base of people, engi-        were “still being finalized”
ing all of those jobs.”              neers and scientists.                   when asked if he would be                                                                         Date: 08/28/10
    Mr. Aquino said he will also       “There are Filipinos and Ameri-       meeting with US President
attend the meeting of the United     cans of Filipino descent who are        Barack Obama.

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Man vs. mosquito                                                                  only read about malaria cases                                         FBI News Release
This is not a fair fight
                                                                                  instead of experiencing them.
                                                                                  I think most public-health
                                                                                  experts will tell you that the
By Jeff vonKaenel                                                                 efforts of mosquito-vector              Glenn D. Carrasca, FBI Community Outreach Program
                                                                                  employees save hundreds if
They are back. At 3 a.m., with a mosquito whining                                 not thousands of lives each             Steve Dupre, Media Representative/Community
around my head, the world narrows down to me                                      year.                                   Outreach Coordinator
and that miserable insect. I am in one corner, 180                                    Even so, there are still
pounds, and more importantly, 10 pints of delicious
blood. My opponent is the mosquito, with a normal
                                                         more of our insect sisters than employees at the
                                                         Mosquito and Vector Control District. So they can           TERRORISM
weight of 1/15,000 of an ounce, before she fills up      use our help.                                                                                                     recording or monitoring activities, taking notes,
with my blood. What my tormentor lacks in size,             For starters, do not put your grass clippings in the     The FBI seeks your help in preventing ter- using cameras, maps, binoculars, etc., near a key
she makes up for in speed and an amazing ability         street. If you put your grass clippings in the street,      rorism!                                               facilty?
to disappear. But where my nemesis really shines         they will likely end up in the storm drains, where                                                                Suspicious questioning - Are you aware of
is her reproductive capacity. My total reproductive      they mix with water to create a perfect breeding            What is terrorism? Terrorism is the unlawful use anyone attempting to gain information in person,
achievement has been two children in 59 years.           ground for mosquitoes. Instead, return those grass          of force or violence against persons or property to by phone, mail, e-mail, etc., regarding a key facility
Over her lifetime, a single mosquito can lay 3,000       clippings to your lawn. There, they will provide up         intimidate or coerce a government or its citizens or its personnel?
eggs. And she does not need to spend any valuable        to 25 percent of your lawn’s total fertilizer needs.        to further certain political or social objectives. Test of security - Are you aware of any attempts
resources sending her offspring to college. This is         While you’re out in the yard, look around for any        Law enforcement generally recognizes two types to penetrate or test physical security or procedures
clearly not a fair fight.                                pool of standing water, even a small one. One small         of terrorism, domestic and international. Domes- at a key facility?
   But I am not without resources. My major allies       bucket of stagnant water can produce 1,000 mosqui-          tic terrorism is based and executed in the United Acquiring supplies - Are you aware of anyone
are the fine folks at Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and       toes per week. So drain wading pools when they are          States by our own citizens without foreign direc- attempting to improperly acquire explosives, weap-
Vector Control District. They have the unenviable        not in use. Empty, turn over or cover open containers.      tion. International terrorism, which is connected onss, ammunition, dangerous chemicals, uniforms,
task of stopping the spread of one insect without        Change the water in your pet bowls and birdbaths            to foreign government or groups, transcends our badges, flight manuals, access cards or identification
destroying the environment in the process. That          once or twice a week. Clean your roof gutters every         nation’s boundaries. Terrorist acts against U.S. for a key facility or to legally obtain items under
is quite a job. And this particular insect has been      year. Don’t overwater your yard. And maintain your          citizens can occur anywhere in the world.             suspicious circumstances that could be used in a
evolving since the dinosaurs ruled the world.            swimming pool. It only takes one whining mosquito               Investigating terrorism. While the FBI has terrorist attact?
   After carefully studying the ecosystem and the        in the bedroom at night to ruin your sleep.                 the primary responsibility for investigating ter- Suspicious person - Are you aware of anyone
reproductive system of the mosquito, they have              Now, so far, in my battle with mosquito, the mos-        rorism matters in the U.S., other law enforcement who does not appear to belong in the workplace,
identified the mosquito’s Achilles’ heel. Mosqui-        quito has come out on top. But with your help, we           agencies play an intergral role in combating this neighborhood, business establishment or near a
toes need water to exist. By reducing their access to    may be able to gain some ground. The mosquitoes             crime by joining with the FBI to form Joint Ter- key facility?
standing water, we can keep mosquitoes in check.         may have been here first, and they may still be here        rorism Task Froces (JTTF). Located in all FBI Dry run - Have you observed any behavior that
And by keeping mosquitoes in check, we will              when we’re gone, but we don’t need to make it easy          Field Offices, JTTFs are comprised of local, appear to be preparation for terrorist activity, such
                                                         for them. Thanks for listening.                             state and federal law enforcement officers who as mapping our routes, playing out scenarios with
                                                                                                                     work jointly with other non-member agencies other people, monitoring key facilities, timing
                                                                                                                     to investigate terrorism matters throughout the traffic lights or traffic flow, or other suspiciious
Small bites, big diseases                                                                                            nation. JTTFs provide citizens with a state-wide activities?
                                                                                                                     central investigative entity dedicated to prevent- Deploying assests - Have you observed aban-
Folsom boy encounters rare tick-borne illness                                                                        ing terrorism nationwide.                             doned vehicles, stockpiling of suspicious materials,
                                                                                                                       How can you help? Your assistance is needed or persons being deployed near a key facility?
Tick off.                                                where the child was bitten and found several that           in preventing terrorist acts. Certain activities         Hate crimes againsts individuals or groups base
                                                         had the bacteria that causes tularemia, Francisella         can indicate terrorist planning, especially when on religion, race, or ethnicity may rise to the level
Te c h n i c a l l y, t i c k s                          tularensis. “We can be fairly certain that the ticks        these activities occur at or near key facilities such of terrorist acts and should be immediately reported
actually aren’t bugs.                                    are in other parts of the area,” she says.                  government, military, utility, or other high profile to the closest JTTF.
They’re arachnids, rel-                                    Trochet explains there’s nothing to be gained from        sites or places where large numbers of people           What should you do? If you observe suspicious
atives of spiders. But                                   further tests, however, because “there’s really no          gather. Suspicious activities of interest that activity that may relate to terrorism, please contact
the bloodsucking little                                  good way of controlling ticks.” But the knowledge           should be reported to the closest JTTF include: the JTTF or pollice department closest to you as
devils still carry seri-                                 that some ticks are carrying tularemia is “enough                                                                 soon as possible. Your local FBI Joint Terrorist
ous diseases, including                                  to warn the public to take precautions, and enough          Surveillance - Are you aware of anyone Task Force is (916) 481-9110.
tularemia—which was                                      to advise physicians to watch for cases.”
recently diagnosed in a                                     Tularemia is one of a number of diseases carried
boy in Folsom.                                           by ticks. The best known is Lyme disease, caused by
    According to Dr. Glennah Trochet, the Sacra-         a virus the tick carries. There were close to 30,000
mento County public health officer, the child was        confirmed cases of Lyme disease in the United                                                   JANET STICKMON’S                            African-American heritage, and then to
bitten by a tick in mid-July and became ill with                                                                                                                                                     the beautiful moment of her marriage,
                                                         States in 2008, the most recent year for which data                                                                                         Janet navigates the rough water of love,
what was later identified as tularemia.                  is available.                                                                                   Crushing Soft Rubies                        spirit, identity, and survival, maintaining
   The disease, also called “rabbit fever,” is carried     That means always using an insect repellent when                                              is the place where spirit, culture,         a life filled with faith and wonder.
by the common dog tick, the sort that owners pick        outdoors. Trochet recommends using one containing                                               and survival meet. It is the story
off Fido without a thought. It can cause serious                                                                                                         of a Filipino-American-African who          Janet Stickmon is a teacher, writer, and
                                                         DEET on the skin and a spray containing permethrin                                              is caught between the death of her          spoken word artist whose work has influenced
illness, including a nasty sore at the bite site and     on clothing. Be particularly vigilant for ticks when                                            parents and the desperate need to define    hundreds of adolescents and adults over the
symptoms that mimic almost every other illness:          you’ve been in wooded or grassy areas. In areas                                                 herself-not an orphan, but as strong        last ten years. She holds a Master’s of the
fever, swollen glands, inflamed eyes, sore throat,       known to contain ticks, wear long sleeves and long                                              woman who is willing to do whatever         Arts Degree in Religion and Society from
mouth sores. Worse symptoms include diarrhea                                                                                                             is necessary to ensure that her past does   the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley
                                                         pants, and tuck pants into socks to keep ticks off.                                             not become a barrier to her future.         and is now working on a Master’s of the Arts
and pneumonia.                                           Check yourself frequently for ticks and remove                                                  Janet, now a teacher and a married          Degree in Ethnic Studies at San Francisco
    According to Trochet, after the Folsom child         them immediately with tweezers. And stay away                                                   woman, leads us through the intense         State University. She currently lives in
became ill, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito &               from dead or sick animals.                                                                      details of her story. From her childhood    Oakland, CA with her husband, writer and
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      Adobo Festival invades Sacramento                                                                                                    Lagasca Clan of Baguio City
                                                                                                                                             Holds “Mini-Reunion”
      From page 1

                                                                                                                           By Faina E. Abaya

                                                                                                                           T     he advent of ultra modern com-
                                                                                                                                 munications such as E-mail, face
                                                                                                                                 book, twitter, cellular phone and
                                                                                                                           many other related means of dispens-
                                                                                                                           ing information have made our planet
                                                                                                                           smaller that in just few seconds we can
                                                                                                                           easily reach anyone across vast conti-
                                                                                                                           nents and oceans.

                                                                                                                           When Arsenia Lagasca Reyes, a long
                                                                                                                           time resident of Ontario, Canada called
                                                                                                                           Eloise Diep, a niece to inform her that
                                                                                                                           she will be taking up few days vacation
                                                                                                                           in California, the marvel of present day
                                                                                                                           communication takes its effective course
                                                                                                                           because in just few hours all the Lagas-
      Guests artists include GMA Pinoy     pansit, menudo, and of course,        TV, Bayanihan Cargo, Mama                 cas of Baguio City living in Northern
      TV drama princess, KRIS BER-         the delectable adobo. Amazing         Sita, Ramar Foods, Filipino               California were already informed. The
      NAL, Starstruck winner and a         finds of different products will      American Intl. Youth Devel-               younger set of the Lagascas decided to
      Sacramento native, STEVEN            be offered by other booth vendors     opment Foundation, WYNN                   hold a Mini Reunion to welcome their
      SILVA and Philippine pride ANA       and exhibitors.                       Enterprises.                              visiting relative.
      “The Hurricane” JULATON.               Another highlight of the festival   Media sponsors includes Philip-             Bessie Samaniego and Elizabeth Belvis
      Non-stop live entertainment will     is the raffle drawing of free air-    pines Today, Philippine Fiesta,           when told about the visit of their Auntie
      be provided by local talents from    line tickets to the Philippines and   Manila Mail, Philippine Head-             immediately offered their residence at
      the Bay Area and Sacramento          free Balikbayan boxes. These          lines and Philippine News.                Tracy, California to be the venue of the
      during the two-day festivities       will be drawn before the closing      For more details, visit our web-          “Mini Reunion of the Lagascas”.
      which will start at 10:00am until    of the festivities.                   site , www.pinoyparinkami.                  The Lagasca Clan of Baguio city com-
      6:00pm.                                   Our proud sponsors and           com.                                      posed of interrelated families is one of
          Food booths will be selling      partners are GMA Pinoy TV,            Like the line from the festival’s         the early families that migrated from                   city was not alarmed with major crimes and
      Pinoy favorites like pork & chick-   Comcast, Xfinity, Philippine          signature song, “Atin ito, Ado-           the lowland, particularly, Naguilian, La Union          never bothered with any kind of pollution.
      en barbeque, lumpia shanghai,        Airlines, Mango Tours, Crossings      bo”, this truly is our festival.          to Baguio City even before the coming of the            Those were the bygone years when one could
                                                                                                                           Americans in the early parts of the 1900’s. The         just enjoy walking along Session Road without
                                                                                                                           family clan is considered to be one of the pioneers     being distracted or bothered by the presence
                                                                                                                           from the lowland that greatly contributed to the        of so many people. It was also the same place
                                                                                                                           development of the mountain resort city.                where one could enjoy a cup of coffee with
                                                                                                                             During the Baguio City Centennial celebration         friends in one of the many restaurants where
                                                                                                                           in September 2009, Jean Lagasca Cruz, (sister           they could talk anything under the sun. Those
                                                                                                                           of Arsenia) the daughter of the late Nazaria La-        were the days when you could make your daily
                                                                                                                           gasca and Timoteo Lagasca was chosen as one             brisk walking in Burnham Park or just sit on
                                                                                                                           of the fifty outstanding women of the city. The         the bench to breathe its fresh and invigorat-
                                                                                                                           recognition mentioned that she is one of the fifty      ing cool air while enjoying the peaceful flow
                                                                                                                           women that “made impact in the city’s history           of humanity, although, there were less during
                                                                                                                           particularly in terms of her significant involve-       those years.
                                                                                                                           ment and contribution towards its development             However, most of the Lagascas who attended
                                                                                                                           that she has been chosen as one of the centennial       the reunion, despite, the many problems and
                                                                                                                           women leaders in the city”.                             changes in Baguio City they have still that
                                                                                                                              The Lagascas of Baguio city, some of whom            undiminished loyalty and love in the place
                                                                                                                           are now bearing different surnames because of           where they were born, grew up and spent the
                                                                                                                           marriages are, nevertheless, still traced their roots   best years of their young life. Most of them still
                                                                                                                           with the original Lagasca families from Naguil-         maintained their original residences where they
                                                                                                                           ian, La Union. Their pioneering spirit brought          also enjoyed their frequent vacations with their
                                                                                                                           them to world wide destinations as medical and          families and friends.
                                                                                                                           dental doctors, nurses, engineers, US soldiers,              The older Lagascas are even planning to
                                                                                                                           lawyers and skilled workers, although, most of          retire at the same neighborhood that they have
                                                                                                                           them preferred Canada and the United States for         left many years ago to capture once more nos-
                                                                                                                           better opportunities applicable with their educa-       talgically to live in the place where they have
         Pinoy Mason Second eye-ball-to-eye-ball gathering held at Rancho Seco Park on July 30, 2010, under the            tional or skill qualifications.                         enjoyed their youth with their loved ones. It is
         leadership of Worshipful Lito Viray and Worshipful Andy Villanueva. Chairmen of the event were Bro. JR               The mini reunion was held on June 27, 2010           now that they have realized after many years of
         Bernardo and Bro. Romy Mabanta.                                                                                   which had been well attended by the Lagascas            being away, that it is time to return to the only
                                                                                                                           residing in Northern California and it was also         place where they can enjoy with peace of mind
                                                                                                                           the best time to show the culinary skills of Bessie     the fruits of their hard earned retirement.
                                                                                                                           and Elizabeth who prepared both Filipino and                 Those seen enjoying the gathering were;
                                                                                                                           American dishes to the enjoyment of everyone.           Esmeraldo and Felicitas Estioco, Rose Estioco
                                                                                                                             While the children were frolicking and enjoying       Meris, Sean and Nathan Diep, Danny and Anita
                                                                                                                           their swimming at the backyard pool of the hosts,       Lagasca, Carle and Janette de la Cruz, Barry,
                                                                                                                           the older ones were also busy with their conversa-      Flory and Pablo Dekovic, Jana, Aechiem and
                                                                                                                           tion on varied topics. However, it seems that the       Aeden Saeteurn, Choy and Ditas Forlanda,
                                                                                                                           center topic of conversation was about Baguio           Salah and Yasmine Bestawy, Rick and Ruby
                                                                                                                           city some thirty years ago when there were few          Saucedo, Robert and Lorie, Lagasca, Mercedes
                                                                                                                           residents and practically all in the neighborhood       Lagasca Pancho, George and Josie Sy, Rudy and
                                                                                                                           knew each other as they called everyone by their        Sonia Delizo, Oscar and Jackie Meris, Fredis-
                                                                                                                           first name.                                             vinda Velasco, Jun Abaya and partner, Cecile
                                                                                                                             They reminisced the years when their beloved          and Alexis Denney, and Ann.

         Free and Accepted Mason Gen. Douglas MacArthur Lodge U.D. held their Annual Picnic at Camanche Creek
         Park. Brother Loreto Paragas and Brother Ed Cagampan chaired the event.

        A Family Pride
       It seems like yesterday but it has
       been two years since Alex An-
       thony joined the Jesuit Novitiate of
       California Province. On Saturday,
       August 14, 2010, at Loyola Mary-
       mount University, Los Angeles,
       He will pronounce his First Vows
       as the first step towards the Jesuit
       Priesthood. The next step is first
       studies where he will pursue the
       graduate program in Philosophy (3
       years) at Saint Louis University in St                                                                                                  Michael P. Karr
       Louis, Missouri. Then to Regency (3
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                                         An Honor and a                                                                               MISSA SOLEMNIS
                                            Privilege                                                                                       BY BEETHOVEN
By Rudy M. Viernes                                                                                                                                                                                             By Oscar Apostol

                                                                                                                     A FEW WEEKS AGO I                                                              enthused to explore the sources,
“U.S. citizenship is an honor and a privi-                    It was a moment to soak for all its worth.             WATCHED THE 2003                                                               notes, books for its musical con-
lege” said a naturalized citizen form Sudan.               The whole text of the pledged that I read (without        performance in Bonn,                                                           text. He spent a year researching
                                                           ad-lib): “Good Morning! Please fade the flag of
I say “Amen” to that for I, too, am now                                                                              Germany of Beethoven’s                                                         and integrating the original style
                                                           the United States, place your right hand over your        Missa Solemnis in D                                                            of the mass.
honored and privilege American citizen                     heart and repeat after me. I pledge allegiance            major opus 123 aired                                                                Missa was first performed
when I have taken the solemn Oath and                      to the flag, of the United States of America, and         on EWTN Catholic net-                                                          with Beethoven’s auspices in
Pledge of Allegiance to America.                           to the republic, for which it stands, one nation          work 370. It ran for 90                                                        ST. Petersburg, Russia for his
                                                                                      under God, indivisible,        minutes. I was not all too                                                     patron prince Nokolai Galitzin.
The historic date and                                                                 with liberty and justice       sure why I found myself                                                        A month later an incomplete
place: July 29, 2020 at                                                               for all. Thank you very        glued to the television                                                        performance was given in Vi-
he Paramount Theater in                                                               much.” It said a little        watching the perfor-                                                           enna, Austria on May 7, 1924.
Oakland, California..                                                                 but said it all.               mance with so much                                                             The Missa was intended by
                                                                                                                     interest. Granted my                                                           Beethoven to be performed
The become a citizen                                                                          Now I am offi-         father introduced my                                                           in churches, concert halls and
of this great country is                                                                    cially a member          older sister, brother and                                                      opera houses; however, with
the highest privilege. It                                                                   of the American          I to watch a live opera                                                        its complicated structure it was
marks a new era in one’s                                                                                             production of Madame                                                           impractical to perform it in con-
life and this won’t easily                                                                  Club, a part of a        Butterfly at an early age                                                      cert halls but was more suited in
be forgotten. For me it’s                                                                  “new generation           when he was a student at                                                       churches.
now indelibly etched in                                                                      of Americans:           the Manila Conservatory                                                             A typical complete perfor-
my memory, a footnote                                                                       even at my late          of Music; I now realize that experience did initiate      mance requires a complex structure of musicians,
of my personal; life, and                                                                  age,, in the same         a building block to my future music appreciation. I       instruments and voices, as follows: a full orchestra,
a tale to tell.                                                                                                      was 8 or nine years old at that time. From that experi-   a large chorus of men and women grouped sepa-
    There were 1,310 of                                                                       league as Ba-          ence I came away with deep admiration of the tragic       rately, a highly trained, soprano, alto, tenor and bass
us coming from 109                                                                          rack Obama, as           love story of Japanese Madame Butterfly and Ameri-        soloists performing the vocals. It also requires a
countries from every                                                                       Robert Gates, as          can Naval officer Pinkerton, particularly the famous      similar instrumental structure of tenor. soprano, alto
point in the compass                                                                        Kobe Bryant, as          suicide scene; it was a different kind of music with      and bass. The structure of Missa Solemnis follows
– from Afghanistan,                                                                        Karya Shivashan-          cultured, fabulous and trained operatic voices. Even      the most traditional mass movement.
to Tonga, to Zimba-                                                                                                  at that age, I thought Opera had that air of grandeur,
bwe – comprising a                                                                          kar, with a pre-         sophistication and finesse. My appreciation of opera      Kyrei Eleison-Lord and Christ have mercy on us.
great diversity of colors,                                                                 cious possession          continued especially nowadays it is featured as an        Gloria- Glorifies Our Father “Dei Patris” with
creeds, backgrounds,                                                                         that of United          art and special performances in public television.        amen.
cultures, heritages, an-                                                                     States citizen-         With television there was the emergence on the            Credo- It is divided into four parts: allegro ma non
cestries,, persuasions,                                                                             ship.            scene of immensely popular Pavarotti, Domingo,            rappo, incamatus est, et Ascendit and et vitam
shapes and sizes, mon-                                               Photo by Angie Wilson
                                                                                                                     Careras and other tenors, sopranos, altos and basses.     ventum.
eyed and marginalized                           Mr. Rudy Viernes                           When I got home, sur-     Operas are now available and appreciated by a much        Sanctus- Representing the Holy spirit descending
but are equal as “peers of                                                                 prise and happenstance,   wider public patronage with television, videos and        to earth.
kings.” They braved the oceans to come to these I found a letter from the Marin County (Califor-                     VCR’S acting at the forefront of its evolution to         Agnus Dei-Having mercy on us-Miserere nobis to
shores starting from the pilgrims of old, landing at nia) Superior Court, Office of the Jury, sum-                   popularity. It no longer caters to high society and       dona nobis pacem.
Angel Island in the West Coast near San Francisco moning me to report for jury duty on Aug. 20,                      influential people alone. The love of opera has now
and at the Ellis Island in the East Coast at the New 2010. There have been five summons that I have                  come down to the general public that has responded        Written in true classical church music Beethoven
York harbor where they were welcomed by the received since I became an immigrant in 2001 but                         with affection and appreciation.                          wrote and completed the various segments over a
Statues of Liberty bearing a beacon of hope and I couldn’t answer them because I wasn’t qualified.                                                                             span of four years.
promise.                                                 Now that I am I will gladly do so.                          Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis is a liturgical composi-
  They all came in assiduous quest for the proverbial       Serving in the jury is one of the responsibilities       tion from 1819 to 1823 is considered the pinnacle         Year 1819 to 1820
holy grail, for adventure, for greater opportunities, and duties of responsible citizenship, aside from              of his career. It has been considered his supreme         Kyrie eleison-Lord have mercy on us.
and brought with them their vast wealth of talents participation in the democratic processes, like                   achievement. And Missa Solemnis was written in            Christie eleison-Christ have mercy on us
and skills, new ideas and ideals that have defined, right to vote and be voted upon, the freedom to                  true style church music. It was composed when             Gloria in excels is Deo- Glory be to God in the
enriched, and strengthened the fabric of this great express oneself, to have a free rein to do as you                Beethoven appearances were much in demand                 highest and peace on earth to men of goodwill.
nation.                                                  wish as long as you don’t bother or harm others             in all Europe. This composition came about after
    The Pledge of Allegiance was first published on in doing it, to believe in any creed and to enjoy                his more popular 9th Symphony when his famous             Year 1821 to 1822
Sept. 8, 1892. The original pledge reads as follows: certain unalienable rights among them are liberty,              pupil and patron Archduke Rudolph, brother of the         We praise the, we give thee thanks, Lord God, God
“I pledged allegiance to my Flag, and the Republic life and the pursuit of happiness. For no dream                   emperor of Austria became a cardinal of Moravia.          the father almighty, Lord Jesus Christ the only be-
for which it stands, one Nation indivisible, with is beyond reach in this tolerant society that is                   Beethoven promised the Cardinal he will compose           gotten son, Lord God Lamb, Son of the Father.
Liberty and Justice for all.”                            the United States of America. With industry and             a mass classic to be performed during his solemn          Lord you take away the sins of the world, Have
   In 1942 Congress officially recognized the pledge. resolve anyone can find his/her own footing.                   ceremony, thus the title. However, it took him 4          mercy on us, receive our prayers.
On June 14, 1954, by another act of Congress, the            God bless America, land that I love, and now            yeas to complete it and could not be performed as         Thou sits at the right hand of the Father; though
phrase “under God” was added. In signing the my own sweet home. As I sang the Star Spangled                          promised. Because Missa was composed over a               art wholly together with the holy Father and holy
legislation then Pres. Dwight Eisenhower said: “In Banner with my fellow inductees I felt chill up                   period of four years the early works reflected some       ghost.
this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of re- the back of my spine. And when I reached the                    variations from the later parts. It is attributed to      Credo- I believe in God.
ligious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this last line ”O’er the land of the free and the home            Beethoven’s intent to incorporate the effect of the
way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual of the brave” I was already overwhelmed by a                      conflict of good versus evil forces, the variation of     Year 1823
weapons which forever will be our country’s most profound sense of patriotism that stirred my soul,                  light and darkness as he interpreted the mass after       Sanctus Holy- Lord and Hosanna in the highest
powerful resources in peace and war.”                    my feeling saccharine sweet.                                his rigorous study of the mass. It is unlike his 9th      who takes away the sins of the world. Have mercy
   On July 29, 2010 I took the stage to lead my fel-        The last part of the hour-long ceremonies was            Symphony which concluded with fraught, fragile            on us.
low inductees read the revised and current pledge. the distribution of the Certificate of Naturaliza-                and unanswered plea for peace amid the dumbness
In reading the Pledge I ad-libbed: First part of the tion. I felt the privilege of being the first to receive        work of wars. The Missa was true to form and style        To those who appreciate music Missa Solemnis is
sheet I was provided says “Good Morning.” I re- mine from Mr. Randall Ricks of the U.S. Citizen-                     of the liturgical mass.                                   a work of a genius set up in liturgical music and
peated it “Good Morning” and added “Magandang ship and Immigration Service in San Francisco                              Preparing for Missa Beethoven became deeply           format. One can appreciate format, the vocals, the
umaga po sa inyong lahat. I am Adolfo “Rudy” who is seated at my right on stage.                                     interested in church music. He looked into the            men and women choirs as well as the instruments
Viernes from the Philippines.” There was an ef-             Let’s toast to ourselves. This occasion comes            monastic life, church carols and correct translation      set equally as the vocals structure. If not to under-
fervescent cheer from Filipinos who constituted a only in a lifetime. It was a defining moment for                   of the Latin mass, psalms and hymns. As he delved         stand the Catholic mass alone, at least appreciate
big portion of the inductees, as were Hispanics and me that will endure for it begins a new episode in               further into the mass he became more fascinated and       the Eucharist and the beauty of the mass music.
Hindus. The last portion of the sheet says “Thank my life as a United States citizen and to participate
you very much.” I added “As we say in Filipino in this government of the people, by the people
“Maraming maraming salamat at Mabuhay.” The and for the people. Now I am ready to do some-
crowd clapped lustily. Then I waved a tiny Ameri- thing for my new country. Pres. John F. Kennedy
can flag as they, too, waved theirs as the cameras said “Ask not what your country can do for you
clicked to record the event for posterity.               – ask what you can do for your country.”

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                            The Big Purge Begins
    By Perry Diaz

B       arely a month into office,
        President Benigno “Noynoy”
        Aquino III started to do what
he promised during the last presiden-
tial elections. Swept to victory on his
vow to stop corruption and eradicate
poverty, Noynoy proceeded with the
task of purging the remnants of former                  members and top administrators are notably
president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s                     excellent. However, three of his appointees
corrupt administration. Indeed, the purge               have been criticized for various reasons.
                                                          His appointment of former Supreme Court
is a requisite if Noynoy is to succeed in               Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. to head the
implementing the change he promised the                 Truth Commission is the subject of blistering
voters. And the voters expect no less.                  attacks from the media and a number of lead-
                                                        ers from the civil society. The biggest issue
One, two, three… Go!                                    against Davide was his close relationship
First he signed Executive Order No. 1 creating the      with Gloria whom he had sworn in as presi-
Philippine Truth Commission of 2010 to look into        dent to replace then president Joseph “Erap”
the anomalies during Gloria’s presidency.               Estrada while the latter was still legally in
   Then he issued Executive Order No. 2 firing all      office. The question is: Does Davide have
Gloria’s “midnight appointees” in the executive         the objectivity and passion to investigate and
branch of government. According to presidential         prosecute Gloria?
legal counsel Eduardo de Mesa, Gloria made 977              The second is Foreign Secretary Alberto
appointments during the constitutional ban on mid-      Romulo whom Noynoy reappointed amid
night appointments from March 10, 2010 through          objections from many sectors including
June 30, 2010.                                          members of the foreign service department.
    And finally, he signed Executive Order No. 3             And the third is former Tagaytay City
which nullified Gloria’s controversial -- and unlaw-    mayor Francis Tolentino whom Noynoy
ful -- Executive Order No. 883 that she issued last     appointed as chairman of the Metro Manila
May 28 which automatically promoted government          Development Authority (MMDA). Tolentino
lawyers to the rank of third level Career Executive     was accused of plunder before the Office
Service Officer (CESO III).                             of the Ombudsman two days prior to his
  In three swift acts, Noynoy began the tedious pro-    appointment. He was accused by Pastor
cess of cleansing the government of the vestiges of     Ronald Tan, his former executive assistant,
corruption which were systematically institutional-     over ownership of several hotels and other
ized during the nine and a half years of Gloria’s       businesses which he allegedly acquired while
reign. While it is presumed that many of them were      he was in office from 1994 to 2004. Tan
honest and hard-working employees, the process of       also accused Tolentino of amassing P500
rooting out the “bad apples” requires a great deal      million in ill-gotten wealth during that
of research -- and thorough investigation -- of their   period. Noynoy’s immediate reaction was
performance under Gloria’s watch.                       to dismiss the accusation as “simple harass-
                                                        ment.” Tolentino called it “nuisance black
The Big Task                                            propaganda.”
Noynoy has the big -- and daunting -- task of re-          While it can be argued that Tan’s accusa-
placing Gloria’s appointees with people who share       tions were politically motivated -- Tan lost
his vision of a corruption-free government. While       to Tolentino’s brother Abraham in the last
it is probable that some “bad apples” would get         Tagaytay City mayoral election -- it is grave
through the maze of the bureaucracy using layers        enough that it shouldn’t be taken lightly.
of contacts and influence peddlers, Noynoy should       In the political world, “black propaganda”
make sure that those in his inner circle and in the     becomes real if not proven otherwise. Sen.
top echelon of his administration should -- nay,        Manny Villar realized that -- albeit too late
must -- “pass through the eye of a needle” before       -- when he unsuccessfully ran for president
they are hired.                                         against Noynoy.
   Noynoy must avoid getting into a similar situa-          The question is: What if the accusations
tion like when Gloria’s friend and newly appointed      against Tolentino were true? And what if
Justice Secretary Hernando “Nani” Perez issued a        Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez would
ruling -- within four days of Gloria’s ascension to     -- gleefully -- accede to the request of Tan to                                              Hailed as one of today’s most gift-
the presidency in January 2001 -- to turn over to the   suspend Tolentino as MMDA chairman?                                                          ed young comedians, Jokoy shows
Argentine firm Industrias Metalurgicas Pescarmona
Sociedad Anonima (IMPSA) the controversial              Perception is reality                                                                         you why in his very own Comedy
contract to rehabilitate the Caliraya-Botocan-          With an 88% trust rating, Noynoy should                                                               Central Special,
Kalayaan power plant in Laguna. Perez and his           make all efforts to maintain the people’s                                                          Don’t Make Him Angry.
wife were later exposed by the Philippine Center        high trust which he built and reinforced in
for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) for allegedly       the 12 years he served his constituents as                                                   The next great comic, pick up this
taking a $2 million kickback for the hasty approval     congressman and senator. But the reality of                                                   DVD. We promise it’ll leave your
of the $470-million contract.                           life is that what’s built in a lifetime could                                                 ribs hurting long after the show
     Since then, Gloria’s administration was stig-      erode quickly. Gloria is a good example: She                                                                ends.
matized by the Perez corruption scandal and a           was elected vice president in 1998 with the
slew of other allegations of corruption involving       highest electoral vote for that position. But                                                Autographed by our very own Jokoy
Gloria and her husband Mike Arroyo. And no              once her popularity started to diminish, it was
matter how much Gloria tried to project herself         downhill from there on. The rest is history.
as “incorruptible,” she was ultimately branded the          While Noynoy has the right to purge the
“most corrupt president in Philippine history” -- an    government of Gloria’s midnight appointees,
ignominious distinction that she would carry to her     he should also exercise the same prerogative
grave whether the Truth Commission vindicates           to remove his own appointees who could                                                               Now Available at
her or not.                                             cause irreparable damage to his presidency.
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                  St. Charles Borromeo Parish Golden Jubilee Summer Celebration,

                  An Evening of Hymn & Praise
               By Jose P. Abaya, Jr.

             hrough the inspiring leadership and                                                                                              Remy Solomon and Jose Rodriquez as their
             encouragement of Ft. Desmond                                                                                                     voices blended impeccably into one divine
             O’Reilly, the current pastor of St.                                                                                              music that mesmerized and moved the audi-
             Charles Borromeo and with the                                                                                                    ence with their rendition of the song “Prelude
    support of their own Knights of Columbus,                                                                                                 . . . The Prayer” which was well applauded
    committees were created to plan for the sum-                                                                                              and also received standing ovation from their
    mer celebration of the parish church Golden                                                                                               admiring audience.
    Jubilee. The committees were led by Marie                                                                                                    Finally, the penultimate performance of the
    Uber, Charles McGloughlin and Arturo Ro-                                                                                                  Jubilee Concert by all the participating choir
    driguez with Sr. Ruth Linaac whose idea for                                                                                               members directed by Gilbert Sanchez and ac-
    Jubilee concert came into fruition.                                                                                                       companied on the piano by Kai-Ting Nguyen
                                                                                                                                              singing “Who will call him King of Kings”
    It has been said that music is our universal                                                                                              also received deafening applause from the
    language, without it, our world is dry and                                                                                                parishioners. Indeed, it was a musical evening
    barren. Devoid of any sound of music, our                                                                                                 that will linger long in the minds of those who
    place is just like one of the million of stars                                                                                            were lucky to attend and be a part of such a
    in the sky that twinkles yet it is soundless,                                                                                             memorable occasion.
    empty and always in darkness. Music gives                                                                                                   The members of the Bayanihan Choir are the
    us hope and brightens our ways as it touches                                                                                              following: Gwen Carlos, Leila Pereira, frances
    and elevates our inner most consciousness                                                                                                 Torres, Norma Viray, Lloyd Castanedea, Lito
    to bring out the Godliness in ourselves,                                                                                                  Pabon, Rudy Simmons, Mon Veridiano, Lu
    especially, when that music comes out from                                                                                                Capuchino, Delia Catris, Norma Lebrilla, Lee
    our hearts.                                                                                                                               Ramirez, Maria Sotelo, Maxi Viray, Memie
         Fittingly referred to as the evening of                                                                                              Weitzenberg, Bobby Ching, Alex Morato,
    Hymn and Praise was the gathering of our                                                                                                  Frank Paradela, Tony Solomon, Jorge Victo-
    parish best singers, choral groups and musical                                                                                            rioso and Jose Rodriquez.
    instrument players that brought their talents                                                                                                  Fr. Desmond O’ Reilly, the current parish
    in one stage at the altar of the house of God.                                                                                            priest of St. Charles Borromeo Church on Cen-
    The solemnity of the place has given us that                                                                                              ter Parkway, Sacramento was kind enough to
    aura of heavenly hymnal serenity, only to be                                                                                              provide us the brief history of the Parish which
    breached by the melodious sound of music                                                                                                  reads in part “ St. Charles Borromeo Parish
    that soothes and cleanses the soul.                                                                                                       began life in 1960 with it’s first Mass in the
       Such gathering of musical talents on July                                                                                              Southgate shopping Center but quickly moved
    30, 2010 at St. Charles Borromeo church was                                                                                               to a new home nearby on Center Parkway. To-
    a treat to the parishioners for those 50 years                                                                                            day, the parish continues to flourish with 2,500
    of glorious ecclesiastical undertakings. There                                                                                            families and more than 300 children enrolled
    was no better way to start the jubilee concert                                                                                            in its school”.
    than to hear the powerful baritone voice of                                                                                                   Accordingly, it was Bishop Joseph Megu-
    Gilbert Sanchez in his rendition of Faure’s                                                                                               cken who established the parish in 1960 and
    Requiem. Followed by the choir singing of                                                                                                 appointed Monsignor James Poole as its first
    the hymnal song entitled “Thanks to Thee”                                                                                                 pastor. At the time of monsignor Poole ap-
    led by Ofelia Balmes.                                                                                                                     pointment, he was then the “Superintendent
        The virtuosity of Joel Zaragoza with his                                                                                              of Schools and Director of the Confraternity
    trumpet playing such popular tune as “When                                                                                                of Christian Doctrine for the diocese of Sac-
    the Saints go marching in” was so much ap-                                                                                                ramento named the Parish in honor of Charles
    plauded by the audience that it needed an                                                                                                 Borromeo, the 16th century archbishop of
    encore to appease the musical satisfaction of                                                                                             Milan who was a leader in revitalizing the
    his listeners. Ably directed by Gilbert San-                                                                                              Church in his day”.
    chez and accompanied on the piano by Jane                                                                                                      Through the guidance and leadership of
    Sanchez, the Orthodox Choir rendered two                                                                                                  Monsignor Poole, the Parish continued to
    much applauded songs “These Alone” with                                                                                                   flourish with the opening of parish school and
    Inez Nguyen and Hugo Cornejo as their lead           still and know that I am God”.                                                       the construction of the present Church after
    singers and in an encore of the same choir,              In a dramatic fashion, the members of the Bayanihan of Sacramento, USA           15 years of worshipping in the school gymna-
    they sung “ Wash me clean” with Mini Hall            choir were in their best attires, the ladies were wearing intricately hand embroi-   sium serving as the parish temporary church.
    as their soloist.                                    dered “Red Barong Tagalog Blouse” with their matching black skirts while the         Monsignor Poole continued as pastor until his
        Another much applauded choral group              gentlemen were also in their impressive formal attire of “Barong Tagalog” with       semi-retirement in 1994, although, he remained
    was the Coro “ Don de Dios” with their               matching black pants. The choir was led by Espie Espena as their conductress         active in the parish until his death in 1997. Fa-
    musical instruments that gave a “Fiesta” like        and accompanied on the piano by Bill Carlos. “He” the 1954 year hymnal song          ther Michael Mcfadden succeeded Monsignor
    atmosphere as the audience spontaneously             about God written by Richard Mullan and composed by Jack Richards was the            Poole and later on Monsignor James Church,
    clapped their hands in unison as they played         first choir song which simply captivated the hearts and minds of their listeners     who both likewise introduced improvements
    and sung in Spanish and English three songs,         with their powerful rendition. Followed by popular Filipino song entitled “Sa’yo     and innovations that until today the parish still
    such as “La Promesa”, “ Be still and know            lamang” by Manuel Francisco, likewise, received much applause, especially,           spiritually and religiously enjoying. Our pro-
    that I am your God” and “ Somos Profetas”.           from Filipino American audience in attendance. And, the “Jubilee Song” by            found thanks and appreciation to Fr. Desmonf
    Rose Spisak with choral background also              Carlo Magno Marcelo which was fittingly sung for the occasion also received          O’Reilly and wish him the best of everything
    entertained her listeners with her rendition         immensely long applause from their listeners.                                        in his religious missions.
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 Balitang Kutsero                              By Perry Diaz                                                                                                                      By Nancy Bautista

                                                    Interview with                                                                      Mahalin Ako,
                                                    Mikey Arroyo                                                                        Ako’y Pilipino
                   Illustration by Dave San Pedro                                                                        a paglalakad sa isang siyu-                                              kaya iyon, o peke?”

A      fter several attempts to interview Ang Gal-
       ing Pinoy party-list Representative Mikey
       Arroyo, my investigative reporter James
                                                          James: But jueteng is different! It’s an illegal
                                                          gaming business.
                                                          Mikey: Not anymore! My mom reintroduced the
                                                          Small Town Lotto to replace jueteng and every-
                                                                                                                   S     dad sa kahit saang sulok
                                                                                                                         na yata ng mundo, kapag
                                                                                                                   ipinikit ang mga mata at itinuro
                                                                                                                   ang daliri sa karamihan ng mga
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pagkita sa dating kakilala,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  namamangha na ang kinis ng
                                                                                                                                                                                                  kaniyang mukha at matangos
                                                                                                                                                                                                  ang ilong na dati naman ay
Macaquecquec finally succeeded. They met at the           body is happy because STL and jueteng are the            tao, malamang, ang itinurong                                                   kasing lapad ng palanggana, at
Sulu Restaurant in Quezon City after the opening          same, only the names differ.                             ito ay isang Pilipino. Mga ilang                                               ang kunwaring kumustahan ay
day of the 15th Congress.                                 James: But jueteng is still illegal, though.             taon lamang ang nakakaraan,                                                    may saloobin na, “Hmm. Belo
                                                          Mikey: Who could tell the difference? Actually,          hindi pa masyadong kilala ang                                                  kaya siya o Calayan?” Dati,
James: Good afternoon, Congressman Arroyo.                the jueteng bettors would get more money if they         banyagang ito, ngunit, ngayon,                                                 makikilala agad ang mga gal-
Thank you for giving me the privilege of interview-       won because jueteng pays no taxes while STL is           kilalang-kilala na kung ano at                                                 ing sa Amerika dahil makinis
ing you.                                                  taxed 25%.                                               sino ang Pilipino, lalo na ang                                                 daw ang kutis. Ngunit ngayon,
Mikey: What’s good about this afternoon?                  James: But the latest news report says that the          mga pagkaing kanilang dinadala                                                 “Ah, galing iyan sa Amerika,
James: Well… we’re still alive. Hehehe… By the            government may have lost up to P9 billion in             sa mga “pot-luck”. Kapag may                                                   kasi, maraming tigidig, maitim
way, can I video our interview?                           STL. Why so?                                             handaan sa trabaho at kinakai-                                                 at may kulubot na.” Ay, ina ku
Mikey: Go ahead. Just make sure to send me a              Mikey: Well, it’s because the STL operators were         langang magdala ng mga pag-                                                    po!
copy, okay?                                               underreporting their sales to avoid paying taxes.        kain, makikita sa mga listahan                                                    Kapag may kausap kang gal-
James: Absolutely. I’ll send you 50 copies on CD.         Get that?                                                na ang masasarap na pagkain ay                                                 ing sa Pilipinas, nakakapagta-
Well, let’s start then. What can you say about Con-       James: And who gets the unreported sales rev-            dadalhin ng mga Pilipino at ang                                                kang mas alam pa ng mga taga
gressman Walden Bello’s privilege speech?                 enue?                                                    mga naturing na dito na mga ipi-                                               dito kung sina ang nawawalang
Mikey: He’s an ace in the hole! Walang hiya! Anak         Mikey: Hoy! Who else? Use your kokote,                   nanganak ay mga “chips”, mga                                                   kambal, si Agua ba o si Bendita?
ng jueteng! Tangnanya! Tamaan sana siya ng kidlat!        okay?                                                    damo, at konting mga kubiertos                                                 Mas alam ng mga taga dito kung
Grrr….                                                    James: Oh! I got it. Now, back to the tricycle           na plastic lamang ang dadalhin.                                                sino ang nagpasimula ng mga
James: Was it really that bad?                            drivers issuing receipts. I still don’t see the logic    Subalit, kapag kainan na, kahit                 Illustration by Dave San Pedro salitang, “Now, na.”
Mikey: Aba! Can you imagine this jerk accusing my         behind it.                                               iyong mga hindi nagdala ng pagkain ay nauuna                   Kung may gusto kang makitang matagal mo
mom of corruption? Que horror!                            Mikey: Look, my friend. What I’m doing is                pa. Hay buhay.                                             nang hindi nakikita, pumunta ka sa isang grocery
James: Well… that’s what President Aquino also said       giving all the tricycle drivers the opportunity to                                                                  ng Pilipino at matutuwa ka sa dami ng mga ka-
in his state of the nation address. Di ba?                make extra money by moonlighting as jueteng…             Kahit na iba’t-ibang mga lahi ang pinanggalingan babayan doon. Iyong may mga kasamang puti
Mikey: Isa pa yang si Penoy. He created a Truth           err.. STL kubradors. They can use the back of the        ng isang Pilipino, makikilala niya ang kaniyang naman ay taas noo na talagang ipinagmamalaki
Commission to investigate my mom. It’s a good             receipts to write the bets. We’re talking about          kalahi, halimbawa, sa daan kapag ang mga ito ang kasamang kayumanggi. Ang mga nakakakita
thing he appointed former Chief Justice Hilario           billions collected from tricycle passengers every        ay nagkasalubong. Mahuhulaan niya kung ito ay naman ay nagbubulong-bulungan ng, “Ay, ganito
Davide to head the commission. Hahaha… Didn’t             year. That’s lot of moolah, pal!                         kaniyang kababayan.                                        pala ang mga ‘type’ ng mga puti.” Inggit lang
he know that Davide was mom’s friend? He will             James: And what’s in it for you?                            Unang una, kapag may isang nawawala sa daan sila, ano?
vindicate the Arroyo family! Hehehe…                      Mikey: Listen, they didn’t call me the “Lion             at kinakailangan niyang magtanong sa isang Pili-             Noong araw, ang mga nakakaangat sa buhay ay
James: I guess we’ll have to wait and see what would      King” for nothing, pal! Get that?                        pino, gagawin nito ang lahat upang makatulong sa iyong may mga trabaho na doktor, ‘nurse’ o ‘real
happen with the Truth Commission’s investigation of       James: Okay, got it. And how about the security          nagtatanong, kahit na nga gamitin nito ang nguso estate’. Sila ang may pinaka-malalaking bahay at
your mom. But let’s talk about you. What qualifies        guards?                                                  sa pagturo ng lugar na hinahanap, at maski na nga pinaka-mamahaling sasakyan. Ngunit ngayon,
you to represent the marginalized sector of tricycle      Mikey: I’m working on another scheme… I                  samahan pa ito kung kinakailangan.                         pare-pareho na ang mga Pilipino sa Amerika.
drivers and security guards?                              mean, a plan for the “sekyus.” They’d love me            Minsan, may isang babae na nawawala at mayroong Komo bumaba na ang mga presyo ng bahay, tig-
Mikey: I’m glad you asked. Didn’t you know that           after I present to them my plan. Lots of moolah!         matulunging lalaki na gustong tumulong sa kaniya. iisa na lamang ang mga bahay nila, pare-pareho na
I started driving a tricycle when I was only three        Cuarta na, amigo!                                        Nang makarating sa patutunguhan itong si babae, lamang ang laman ng kanilang mga ‘stocks’ at pera
years old?                                                James: Now that you mentioned it, rumor has it           aba, nagulat ang mga kasambahay sa dahilang ang sa bangko, at sa dami ng mga binabayaran, baka
James: No kidding?                                        that your mom is known as the Godmother of La            kaniyang soot na pang-itaas ay baligtad. Hindi mas lamang pa iyong mga mababa ang kategorya
Mikey: I’m serious. My mom gave me a tricycle             Cuarta Nostra. Is it true?                               lamang ang likod ay nasa harap, kundi, ang sa ng trabaho sa dahilang hindi sila nagsibili noong
for my birthday present. I drove it until I was 19        Mikey: All I can say is that my lips are sealed by       loob ay nasa labas. Naghinala sila sa tumulong, kasalukuyang kataasan pa ang mga halaga ng mga
years old.                                                omerta, okay?                                            ngunit, nang tinanong siya ng mga pamilya niya, ari-arian. Lahat ay naging mapakumbaba na, ‘di
James: Oh, boy! You didn’t grow out of it, huh?           James: That’s good enough. Well, thank you for           ang kaniyang salaysay ay sa dahilang ito daw ang ba? Subalit, hindi pa huli ang lahat. Makaka-ahon
Well, I guess that qualifies you then. Now, why is        the interview, Congressman Arroyo. It’s very             itinuro ng lalaking napagtanungan na gawin upang ding lahat ang mga Pilipino, dito man o sa Pilipi-
it that the tricycle drivers want you disqualified to     enlightening, indeed. By the way, didn’t I tell          makarating sa gustong paroroonan. Oo nga naman, nas. Dapat lamang, ano po?
represent them? They’re saying that you’re not one        you that I’m moonlighting as an investigator for         ano? Sa atin, ito ang ginagawa kapag naliligaw               Sa bandang huli, puwera biro, maipagmamalaki
of them? And they’re very mad because you are             the Truth Commission?                                    ang isang tao.                                             namang talaga ang lahing Pilipino. Masipag,
going to introduce a bill in Congress requiring them      Mikey: Huh! Truth Commission??? Walang hiya                 Kapag nagkasalubong ang dalawang Pilipina sa maalalahanin, mapag-bigay, matulungin, masinop,
to issue receipts to their passengers. Why would          ka! Papatayin kita!!! Hijo de…                           daan, at sila ay nagkatitigan, kunwari ay hindi sila mapag-kakatiwalaan at marami pang katangian na
you do that?                                              Mikey hit James with a bottle of beer. I fell from       nakatingin sa mamahalin at tanyag na “brand name” karapatdapat sa tanging lahi.
Mikey: They’re no different from jueteng kubradors        my bed and woke up sweating. Gee, that was               na gamit ng isa, ngunit, sa loob-loob nila ay, “Orig Kaya nga, mahalin ako, ako’y Pilipino.
who issue pieces of papers with numbers to their          another bad dream.
betting customers.                                        (

Fat Cats and Kleptocrats                                                                                           Ang Kasino                                               ang kaniyang magulang na araw ng pagpunta sa

                                                                                                                                                                                Mayroon namang isang ginoong Asyano na
       arely a month after Gloria Macapagal Arroyo        cheaply.                                                                                                          dito na ipinanganak sa Amerika. Sinabi niya na
       ended her tumultuous and scandalous presi-
       dency, fat cats and kleptocrats are crawling
out of the woodwork like a can of worms. Yup, one
by one they’re being exposed for graft and corrup-
                                                          The devil smiles and replies: “Since Gloria took
                                                          over, the country has gone to hell, so it’s a local
                                                          (Source: Internet)
                                                                                                                   N       oong araw, ang tingin ko sa isang kasino ay
                                                                                                                           isang kasalanan na kailangang iwasan dahil
                                                                                                                           wala itong maibibigay kundi gulo sa buhay.
                                                                                                                   Maari ngang totoo ito, ngunit, kapag pinagaralang
                                                                                                                   mabuti, ang kasino ay isang lugar na makakatulong
                                                                                                                                                                            siya ay humigit-kumulang na anim na taon nang
                                                                                                                                                                            biyudo. Siya daw ay may malaking bahay na may
                                                                                                                                                                            anim na silid at malawak na lugar. Malalaki na
                                                                                                                                                                            raw ang kaniyang mga anak at may sarili-sarili
tion.                                                                                                              sa isang nilalang, kung, ito ay ilalagay sa tamang       nang pamilya at bahay. Sinabi niya na itong ka-
                                                       Exprezcong (that is, ex-president and congress-             lugar at huwag magwawaldas ng pera.                      sino ang nagbibigay sa kaniya ng pagkakataon
What do fat cats and kleptocrats have in common?       woman) Gloria Macapagal Arroyo must be a                                                                             na makasalimuha sa mga tao. Sinabi pa niya na
Answer: They’re all thieves.                           glutton for punishment. She abandoned her plan              Ang kasino ay isang lugar na bukas ang pinto             siya ay matagal nang nag-retiro at ayaw niyang
What’s their difference? Answer: Fat cats steal and    to seek the Speakership of the House of Repre-              dalawampo at apat na oras, araw at gabi. Kung            sa gubyerno na lamang mapunta ang kaniyang
tell everybody it’s salary, allowance, and bonuses     sentatives when she realized that she didn’t have           naghahanap ka ng mapupuntahan na siguradong              pera kung siya ay wala na. Itong mamang ito ay
while kleptocrats steal and then secretly stash their  the votes. So instead of sitting on the Speaker’s           mapupuntahan kahit anong oras, at gusto mong ku-         napakasayang kausap na talagang parang walang
loot in Swiss banks.                                   dais, she settled for a small desk and a rickety            main, at magpalipas ng panahon, dito mo sa kasino        problema sa buhay. Basta hindi daw siya nananakit
Recently, the Commission on Audit released a list      swivel chair among the 280 members of the Lower             mahahanap ang mga ito. Dito mo rin matatagpuan           ng kapuwa, at pera niya ang kaniyang ginagamit at
of top executives — or fat cats — receiving huge       House. Isn’t that demeaning for a former president          ang mga taong matagal mo nang hindi nakikita             siya ay masaya, ayos lamang ang buhay.
salaries and allowances in 2009. They are:             who once occupied Malacañang Palace for nine                at siyempre naman, iyong mga tao ring iyong                  Minsan naman, may isang babaeng mga apat
1. Armand Arreza, administrator of the Subic Bay       and a half years?                                           iniiwasan.                                               na pong taong gulang ang tingin, at sinabi niya na
Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), with P26.9 mil-           If I were Gloria, I’d quit and go into self-exile         Hindi ka kinakailangang magsugal, at maari ka            siya ay dalawampung taon nang retirado dahil siya
lion.                                                  in Portugal before the Truth Commission brings              lamang umupo-upo sa kapitirya at mayroon                 ay nagtrabaho noon sa gubyerno. Ngayon, nag-
2. Benigno Ricafort, chief executive officer of Clark  her to justice. Why Portugal? Well, Portugal and            din namang libreng soda o kape. Huwag ka nga             ko-kunsulta na lamang siya at nagpupunta siya sa
Development Corp., with P14.5 million.                 the Philippines have no extradition treaty. But             lamang matutulog at bawal. Gigisingin ka ng              iba-ibang lugar ng bansa. Nalibot na daw niyang
3. Edgardo F. Garcia, deputy executive officer of the  Portugal and the United States have an extradi-             guwardya para siguraduhing hindi ka lasing o             lahat pati na ang ibang parte ng mundo at walang
Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), with        tion treaty and a Fil-Am anti-corruption group is           may masamang nangyayari sa iyo. Maaari ka ring           maihahantulad ang kasayahanag idinudulot ng
P12.7 million.                                         blowing the whistle on Gloria and hubby Mike                magsulat o magbasa o gumamit ng lap top doon.            isang kasino. Nang ,malaman ko, siya pala ay
4. Amando Tetangco Jr., governor of Bangko Sentral     for allegedly violating international law against           At ganoon ang madalas kong ginagawa doon kapag           limampong taon na. Dulot kaya ito ng paglalaro
ng Pilipinas, with P10.8 million.                      money laundering. Remember former Pana-                     ayaw ko nang maglaro.                                    sa kasino?
5. Benedicto Ernesto Bitonio Jr., executive vice       manian president Manuel Noriega? Well, after                    Minsan, mayroong isang babaeng Haponesa na              Sa isang banda, mayaroon akong nakausap na
president of DBP, with P9.3 million.                   serving 17 years in a U.S. prison for drug traf-            aking nakausap. Sinabi niya na siya ay naging            Pilipinong lalaki at kaniyang ipinahayag na siya ay
                                                       ficking and money laundering, he was extradited             biyuda na may dalawang taon na ang nakakalipas.          retirado na rin at ang kaniyang maybahay ay anim
And how about the kleptocrats? Well, we can only to France where he is facing charges of money                     May dalawa daw siyang anak na may pamilya na,            na taon nang nasa ospital sa dahilang na-stroke
cite allegations made against them because the laundering. Is the alleged “lavandera” going to                     ngunit, siya ay nagiisa na rin sa kanilang tahanan.      ito, kahit bata pa ito nang mangyari ito. Sabi
“truth” has yet to come out. That’s why president face the music too?                                              Siya ay maayos tignan, at pusturang-pustura.             niya, inaaliw na lamang niya ang kaniyang sarili
Noynoy Aquino created the Truth Commission to                                                                      Makikita sa kaniya ang kasiyahan at hindi maba-          sa pagsakay sa bus para tumungo sa mga kasino.
dig out the truth about Gloria and other suspected Life in the House of Representatives could be                   bakas ang pangungulila. Kaniyang ipinahayag na           Malungkot daw ang buhay nila ngayon, kaya,
kleptocrats in her administration.                     excruciating. What Gloria didn’t realize is there           siya ay halos gabi-gabi sa kasinong iyon sa dahilang     iyon lamang ang paraan niya para makapaglibang.
  But from what I understand, the Truth Commission are several congressmen with an axe to grind                    hindi na siya nagluluto, at doon na siya kumakain        Walang ano-ano, nagulantang na lamang kami sa
headed by Gloria’s pal, former chief justice Hilario who would use their privilege speech to humiliate             ng hapunan. Sabi niya, napalakaigsi ng panahon           dahilang tumama siya ng “jackpot”. Tuwang tuwa
Davide Jr., hehehe…, has to dig deep into the Earth’s and attack her. So far, three party-list representa-         at kinakailangang magsaya ang tao. Sinabi niya na        siya at kaniyang sinabing mauuwian na niya ang
core to get the evidence to prove that Gloria and her tives have used their privilege speech to deliver            siya ay walumpung taong gulang na, ngunit, kung          kaniyang maybahay ng mga regalo.
cohorts stole from the government. Davide has a big scathing attacks against her on the floor of the               titignan mo, mukhang hindi siya lalagpas sa pitom-           Mayroon ding mga banda na tumutugtog at
problem: He was accused recently by Sen. Jinggoy House.                                                            pong taon. Dagdag pa niya na ngayong wala na ang         kumakanta, habang ang mga tao, matanda, bata,
Estrada of graft and corruption. Holy shit! The ques-     One of them was Rep. Kaka Bag-ao. The fol-               kaniyang kabiyak, ayaw niyang maupo na lamang            at kahit naka saklay ay sumasayaw, kahit hindi sila
tion is: Is the Truth Commission going to investigate lowing is an excerpt from her privilege speech:              sa bahay at tumunganga at maghintay na lamang sa         umiinom ng alkohol. Parang may piyesta lagi sa
Davide too? Well folks, it seems that moro-moro is        “I also heard from the debates that one may              huling sandali ng kaniyang buhay. Sinabi pa niya na      loob ng kasino. Nakakaaliw talaga.
still being played today.                              criticize a colleague but must refrain from using           sa kasino, kung sakaling may mangyari sa kaniya,              Sa aking paglalakad-lakad doon, karamihan
    Noynoy must be fuming mad when he saw the offensive language. Does this mean that I may                        alam niya na may tutulong agad sa kaniya. May            ng mga naglalaro ay mga matatanda. Ito ay sa
list of fat cats receiving millions in pay and perks. not describe a colleague the exact way that my               katuwiran? Siguro.                                       dahilang ang mga kabataan ay wala pang gaanong
As president of 90 million Pinoys whom he calls constituents describe him or her? For instance, if                    Mayroon naman akong nakilalang mag-asawa na           naiipon at marami pa silang darating na pag-
his “bosses,” Noynoy only gets P63,000 a month the general public perceives the administration                     ang babae ay Pilipina at ang lalake ay isang Puti.       kakagastusan. Samantalang, ang mga matatanda
in salary! And these fat cats get millions every of a former president as a rule of thieves or pigs                Sila daw ay nawalan ng malaking pera sa negosyo          ay mayroon nang naisatabing pera at wala nang
month just sitting on their fat buns? They ought to or crocodiles, can I not articulate that popular               at napakarami nilang binayarang “tax” nitong taong       masyadong nilalaanang gastusin. Isa pa, kung ang
be skinned alive and thrown into the Pasig River opinion in this august chamber only because                       ito. Ang “mister” daw niya ay naging malulung-           mga billihing pangkatawan na noong kabataan, ay
behind Malacañang! Poor Noynoy, he had to use that former president is currently a member of                       kutin sa dahilan nga sa nawala sa kanila, at gusto       kanilang inaasam, malamang, nabili na nila ang
his first paycheck to pay his utility bills otherwise the House? Can I not say that her performance                na raw nilang bumalik sa Pilipinas dahil matanda         mga iyon, at hindi na nila kailangan ngayon.
those Meralco fat cats would disconnect his utilities. is scandalous because the word scandalous is                na raw sila at gustong doon na magbagong buhay.          Makikita rin ang madalas na mga tawanan at
Perhaps, he should tell the people that he is their derogatory?                                                    Samantala, sabi nila, totoo nga na sa kasino daw nila    napapangiting mga matatanda, at siyempre,
“boss,” not them, and should get a pay raise.             “How do we know when a word is unparlia-                 nakikita ang kahit pangsamantalang kaligayahan.          madalas din ang mga nalululngkot sa kanilang
                                                       mentary and unethical and when it is not? What              Ika nila, napakalaki ng kanilang kawalan ng walang       mga pagkatalo.
Gloria Arroyo, George Bush and Hu Jintao all die defines the boundaries of what is courteous and                   katuturan, at sa kasino, kahit mawalan sila, kaunti          Ang karamihan ng mga taga linis doon ay
and go to hell.                                        respectful and what is not? Can I say for instance          lamang kompara sa kanilang nawala, at maligaya           mga Pilipino, at ang karamihan sa kanila ay mga
While there, they spy a red phone and ask what the ‘With due respect Mr. Speaker, her administration               pa raw sila. May katuwiran? Siguro rin.                  matatanda na, at ito ay isang marangal at magan-
phone is for. The devil tells them it is for calling is a regime of pigs?’ ”                                       Mayroon namang isang matandang banyaga na                dang trabaho para sa mga kabataan at sa mga
back to Earth.                                         Ugh! That hurts. Indeed, vengeance hurts the                hindi marunong magsalita ng Inglis. Siya ay na-          nagretiro na.
Hu Jintao asks to call China and talks for 5 minutes. most.                                                        kaupo sa isang “wheelchair” at siya ay may kasa-         Ang kasino ay isang lugar ng libangang malayo sa
When he is finished the devil informs him that the         I wonder if Gloria is “kapalmuks” — thick-              mang anak na umaalalay sa kaniya kung saan man           kapahamakan. Kung kinakailangan ang seguridad,
cost is a million dollars, so Hu writes him a check. skinned — to take all the insults from her peers              niya gustong pumunta. Sabi nga ng kaniyang anak,         mayroong laging nakaalalay upang ihatid ka sa
Next George Bush calls the USA and talks for 30 in the House. Well, it’s not too late to abandon                   mainam daw sa kaniyang magulang ang kasino sa            iyong sasakyan. Kung hindi ito aabusuhin, ito ay
minutes. When he is finished the devil informs him whatever ambitions she has now that she’s rel-                  dahilang ito ang isa sa mga kakaunting pagkakataon       maaring makatulong sa panglulumbay ng mga
that the cost is 6 million dollars, so he writes him egated to minority leader of 30 Lakas-Kampi                   na ang matanda ay nakakapag-ayos sa sarili, na-          karamihang nangungulila at ng mga matatanda.
a check.                                               diehard congressmen. But at the rate her allies             kakapagdamit ng marangya at nakakasalimuha sa               Kaya, kung makakakita kayo ng isang kasino,
Finally Gloria Arroyo gets her turn and talks for 4 are abandoning her, Gloria might end up with                   ibang mga matatandang kapareho nila ng salita.           huwag ninyong kamumuhian ito at ang mga taong
hours. When she is finished the devil informs her just the three Arroyo boys: sons Mikey and Dato                  Sabi nga daw ng kaniyang magulang, dito lamang           naglalaro dito. Hindi natin alam kung ano talaga
that the cost is $5.00.                                and brother-in-law Iggy. The last time we saw               niya naisosoot ang karamihan ng kaniyang mga             ang kalagayan ng kanilang buhay. Kahit ano ang
When Bush hears this he goes ballistic and asks a trio like them, they’re known as the “Three                      alahas at magagandang damit. Idinagdag pa niiya          kanilang problema, hindi naman natin sila kayang
the devil why GMA got to call the Philippines so Stooges.”                                                         na sa araw-araw na dumaan, mayroong tinatanaw            tulungan.
 Heritage                                                                                                                                                      Aug.16-Sept. 20, 2010            Philippine Fiesta 3B

Bayanihan of Sacramento, USA Holds Family Picnic                                                                                                                                         Calendar of
By Jose P. Abaya, Jr.
                                                                                                                                          mon tried it as his better half Remy was
                                                                                                                                          looking at him nervously as he rowed
L     ooming from a short dis-
      tance is the cooling twin
      towers of the decommis-
sioned Rancho Seco Nuclear
                                                                                                                                          around the lake.
                                                                                                                                              Mon Veridiano was not able to sit
                                                                                                                                          down to entertain everyone with his
                                                                                                                                          jokes and tall tale stories because he
                                                                                                                                                                                       ADOBO FESTIVAL
                                                                                                                                                                                       4 Days of non - Stop
                                                                                                                                                                                       Live Entertainment
                                                                                                                                                                                       Aud. 21 & 22, 2010
Generating Station which has                                                                                                              was busy going back and forth from           William Park, Sacramento, CA
been observed to be lifeless and                                                                                                          the Bayanihan picnic site up to his
                                                                                                                                          brother Masons side which is just a few
there exist a frightening eerie of                                                                                                        feet away. Later on both members of
silence.                                                                                                                                  the Douglas Macarthur Mason Lodge
                                                                                                                                          and Bayanihan mixed up in a friendly
On the other end, just few meters away                                                                                                    Mahjong and card games.
are lush of greeneries with tall trees                                                                                                      There was no boring or dull moment
where everyone enjoys their picnic,                                                                                                       during the picnic because all were either
games and a lot of other outdoor activi-                                                                                                  engaged in a conversation or just play-
ties. Adding to its picturesque beauty is                                                                                                 ing their favorite games. Most of the
a lake where people of all ages are                                                                                                       conversations were about the family,
enjoying their swimming, kayaking and                                                                                                     community activities, politics and the
petal boating, fishing or just playfully                                                                                                  latest news from the Philippines.
frolicking with friends around. These                                                                                                       Despite his debilitating physical con-
two places are known as the Rancho                                                                                                        dition, Henry Espera with loving and         Filipino Women’s Club
Seco Recreational Park that gives what                                                                                                    caring wife Rosie together with son Troy     ‘Pista Sa Nayon’
nature could bring about to forget even                                                                                                   arrived to greet everyone. He was happy      2010 Oustanding Filipino Woman
for just a day the pressure of the routine                                                                                                to see old friends and talked with them      of the Year
of day to day life.                                                                                                                       on various topics. He only stayed some       Saturday, September 11, 2010
    Ironically, the three places are man                                                                                                  few minutes to show that his Bayahihan       Jose Rizal Community Center
made created to complement each other                                                                                                     spirit has always stayed with him and
with there respective purposes. Man’s in-                                                                                                 promised to be around again next time.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Sacramento, CA
satiable quest for personal conveniences                                                                                                                                               Memie - 916.482.5941
                                                                                                                                          All the members wished him the best of
could be the most important purpose but                                                                                                                      everything in his life.
it poses great risk to the environment,                                                                                                                          In the end, the
health and even human lives. Thus, the                                                                                                                       gathering has proved
most important function was discarded.                                                                                                                       once again that the
The recreational park continued and as                                                                                                                       difference of opinion
expected flourishes to satisfy the craving                                                                                                                   and approach to an
of everyone to enjoy outdoor life and to                                                                                                                     issue does not in any
escape the scorching summer heat as                                                                                                                          way obstruct, hinder
well as the hassles of every day’s life.                                                                                                                     or even weaken the
  Dr. Tony Solomon and Col. (AFP, Ret.)                                                                                                                      spirit of camaraderie,
Mon Veridiano, the top officers of the                                                                                                                       friendliness and one-
Bayanihan of Sacramento, USA, after                                                                                                                          ness prevailing from
consulting other members chose Rancho                                                                                                                                                   Sep 25, 2010 - Saturday
                                                                                                                                                             the heart and mind
Seco Recreational Park to hold their an-                                                                                                                     of the Bayanihan           University of the Philippines
nual family picnic.                                                                                                                                          members, rather, it        Alum Assoc of Sacramento
   As early as 7:00 O’clock in the morn-                                                                                                                     becomes stronger for       and Vicinity 3rd Anniversary
ing on July 31, 2010 the energetic duo                                                                                                                       the good of the com-       Dinner-Dance
were already at the park putting up                                                                                                                          munity and beyond.         at the Lions Gate Hotel at
canopies to add shades for the Bayanihan                                                                                                                         Seen enjoying the      McClellan Park,
members from the unbearable heat of            site, the members have started to arrive      ters that were easily became the favorite    picnic were; Carle and Sarah Enloe,           3410 Westover St., Sac, CA 95652.
the Sun. They also brought out folded          with their favorite home cooked recipes       of everyone, especially, the ladies who      Dick and Mimi Weitzenberg, Joseph             Pete Manansala at (916)332-4915 or
tables and chairs for the parlor games and     such as pinakbet, laing, adobo, pansit,       seemed to have the “better knowledge”        and Tess Arca, Lita Castillano, Ester         Fabian Generao at (916)817-4557.
mahjong aficionados, igniting fire to the      pinikpikan, fried chicken, fried fish, pork   on how to properly eat the aphrodisiac       Carrasco, Bill and Gwen Carlos, An-
barbecue stand for the Korean barbecue         barbecue and many other varieties of          sea food.                                    thony and Crisel, Lee Ramirez, George
prepared by Tony Solomon. In short the         Filipino food. Different variety of fruits       Kayaking became the favorite sport        Victorioso, Mon Virigiano, Lito Pabon,
two gentlemen brought out everything           was also brought in with assorted pastries    activity of the day through the courtesy     Gaylord Paguirgan, JR Bernardo, Virgil
needed for the satisfaction and conve-         and cakes.                                    of Llyod Castaneda who brought his own       and Grace Faundo, Elvie Aguirre and
nience of the Bayanihan members.                 As they have promised, Demy Paguir-         Kayak and life saver vest. He was kind       Andrew, Val, Espie and Kaylee Espena,
  When everything has been well placed         gan and Llyod Castaneda brought in one        enough to teach and help everyone who        Norma Viray, Maria Sotello, Bobby Ch-
and systematically arranged at the picnic      sack each of distinct variety of fresh oys-   likes to row around the lake. Tony Solo-     ing and many others.

                                                                                                                                                                                       October 2, 2010 (SAT 6:pm)
Naguilian Circle Chapter of Sacramento Nominates                                                                                                                                       Pearl of the Orient
                                                                                                                                                                                       17th Annual Filipino Families

New Set of Officers
                                                                                                                                                                                       sponsored Dinner & Dance
                                                                                                                                                                                       St. Francis High School
                                                                                                                                                                                       5900 Elvas Ave., Sacramento
                                                                                                                                                                                       Ferdinand Milanes 916.771.2154
By Faina E. Abaya

D       uring the regular meeting
        of the Chapter on July 24,
        2010 at the residence of
Zaldy and Lydia Estepa presided
by Vice President Erna Bambao
in the absence of President Sonia
Delizo, the members unanimously
agreed that the election of the
new set of Officers for the 2011                                                                                                                                                                  Kapitbahay
to 2013 term will be on October                                                                                                                                                                 Activity Center for the Filipino Community
23, 2010 at the residence of Fely                                                                                                                                                                  6051 Mack Rd., Ste. 6
Espana.                                                                                                                                                                                            Sacramento, CA 95823

 Jun Abaya was appointed as Chairman
of the Committee on Elections while
the members are Erna Bambao and Fely
Esplana. In accordance with the Consti-
tution and By-Laws of the Chapter, the                                                                                                                                                 at Mondavi Center
nominations for the candidates of the                                                                                                                                                  Bayanihan, the National Folk Dance
different positions shall immediately                                                                                                                                                  Company of the Philippines will high-
take place in July preceding the election.                                                                                               of Filipino and Chinese dishes including      light the Sacramento celebration of the
In compliance with the same, nomina-                                                                                                     three courses of Kambing enjoyed by ev-       Filipino American History Month in
tions for all the positions took place and                                                                                               eryone with their favorite brand of beer      October, as voted by community lead-
those who were nominated for President                                                                                                   to wash it out. There were a lot of music     ers in a breakfast meeting on August
were Pete Ferrer and Henry Bambao,                                                                                                       and dancing at the spacious backyard of       7, 2010 at Max’s Restaurant.
Secretary Tina Bambao and Lydia                                                                                                          the hosts with Oscar Gonzales acting DJ       Bayanihan takes its name from the
Estepa, Treasurer Charity Avena and                                                                                                      as well as the singer of the gathering.       ancient Filipino tradition of working
Aida Benitez, Auditors Letty Cheng and                                                                                                   Line dancing led by the members of the        together for a common cause. Featur-
Calixta Delizo, Sergeant at Arms Zaldy                                                                                                   Chapter who were later on joined by the       ing lush costumes, traditional music,
Estepa, Teddy Cheng, Edgar Avena and                                                                                                     younger set who showed the better way         and fascinating choreography, Baya-
Rudy Delizo. Prospective appointments                                                                                                    of how to dance. Other visitors includ-       nihan is considered a national treasure
for the members of the Board of Direc-                                                                                                   ing Chapter members have preferred to         of the Philippines. The performance
tors are Sonia Delizo, Jun Abaya, Ben                                                                                                    concentrate more on their friendly card       presents a visually stunning evening of
Delizo, Jack Tillman, Velma Ferrer,                                                                                                      and mahjong games until the wee hours         enriching entertainment. There will be
Mark Abenoja, Erna Bambao, Rene Ril-                                                                                                     of the evening.                               a Question & Answer period one hour
loraza, Charlie Delizo, Sonia Delizo and                                                                                                                                               before their performance. Organiza-
Fely Esplana.                                  only outstanding members who have             could possibly be financially assisted      Enjoying the night of the celebration         tions are urged to order their tickets
   It was also agreed that further nomi-       paid their membership dues, however,          by all Naguilian Chapters. Henry and        were; Pete and Velma Ferrer, Henry and        as a group through the community to
nations for any of the above-mentioned         payment for membership dues can be            Tina Bambao were kind enough to             Tina Bambao, Edgar and Charity Avena,         take advantage of incentives.
positions are still open on the date of        made before the actual voting on the day      host the gathering to be attended by        Charlie and Calixta Delizo, Teddy and            Celebrate and share with pride an
the elections before the voting takes          of the election.                              other Chapter members.                      Letty Cheng, Mark and Norma Abenoja,          evening of wonderful entertainment
place. Further more, those candidates            It was also announced that Vice Mayor         Immediately after the meeting was         Aida Benitez, Rhianna Ridad, Michael          with your family, friends, co-workers
who will garner the second highest votes       Abraham Rimando of Naguilian, La              adjourned, Lydia Estepa invited all         Carradine, James Estrada, Peter Le,           and neighbors! Let us fill the Mondavi
will automatically become the second           Union will visit Sacramento on Septem-        the members to join other visitors in       Kevin Nguyen, Sonny Tran, Jason Es-           Center for this great performance.
officer of that particular position. Those     ber 5, 2010 to inform the Chapter about       the celebration of her birthday and her     trada, Rjay Estrada, Daphine Pascual,         Order your tickets through the Filipino
who can vote during the election are           the on going projects of the town that        son JR. She prepared twelve courses         John Lewis and many others.                   community contact s:
                                                                                                                                                                                       Lilia Rivera- (916) 421-8664
                                                                                                                                                                                       Josie Patria at (916) 392-6252.

                                      The Filipino                                                                                                               DR. ABRAHAM R. MATA, DC
                                     Women’s Club                                                                                                                      Board Certified-Diplomate,
                         By Derek Ledda                                                                                                                            American Chiropractic Rehabilitation
                                                                                               Birthday celebration                                                              Board
                                                                                               for Vilma Tapalla,
                                                                                               on July 18, 2010, at the Adu-
                                                                                               cayen Residence. From Left
                                                                                               to Right, Caridad Aducayen,
                                                                                                                                               “est. - 1997”
                                                                                                                                                                    Tel. 916.399.1590
                                                                                               Caroline Kang, Delia Somera,
                                                                                               Melita Briosos, Vilma Tapalla
                                                                                               (celebrant), Jess Velasco ,                              A PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION
                                                               By Faina E. Abaya               Beth Velasco, Mercy, Amy                                            1501 Corporate Way,
                                   Photos by Sarah Enloe       From page 3B
                                                                                               Banut, Andy Solis, Carmie
                                                                                               Smith, Julie Vergara, Eddie                                        Sacramento, CA 95831
                                                                                               Aduayen, Kristine Aducayen,
                                                                                               Amb. George Aducayen.                               MATA CHIROPRACTIC HEALTH CARE CLINIC
  4B   Heritage                                                                        (916) 708-3462 (916) 708-8612               Aug.16-Sept. 20, 2010                Philippine Fiesta

                             Community Connection

                                             Maharlika Lions Club Installation of New Officers;
                                             Induction of New Members; and Awards Night
By Carle and Sarah Enloe                                                                                                                                                              followed the Awards Ceremony.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Afterwards, Lion Sarah introduced

T     his past June 16, 2010,
      Maharlika Lions Club once
      again stepped outside of the
box when they held their 2010 –
2011 Installation of New Officers;
                                                                                                                                                                                      PDG Bert, the Installing Officer, and
                                                                                                                                                                                      presented his biography. PDG Bert gave
                                                                                                                                                                                      a brief summary of the significance of
                                                                                                                                                                                      the Installation Ceremony he was going
                                                                                                                                                                                      to perform, which was quite moving and
Induction of New Members; and                                                                                                                                                         profound. Then PDG Lion Bert installed
                                                                                                                                                                                      the new officers.
Awards Night at The Westlake                                                                                                                                                              The 2010 -2011 Officers: President
Clubhouse in Natomas, CA.                                                                                                                                                             - Lion Danette “Dee” Brown; 1st Vice
                                                                                                                                                                                      President – Lion Celsa Taraya; 2nd Vice
Unbelievable as it may seem, the incom-                                                                                                                                               President - Lion Ramon Taraya; 3rd Vice
ing President Dee Brown notified the                                                                                                                                                  President - Lion Carleton “Carle” Enloe;
Club members that she would take care                                                                                                                                                 Record Secretary – Lion Sarah Enloe;
of the installation night this year and it                                                                                                                                            Correspondence Secretary – Lion Rey
would be gratis for everyone. Needless                                                                                                                                                De Jesus; Treasurer – Lion Susan De
to say, the clubhouse’s banquet room was                                                                                                                                              Jesus; Lion Tamer – Lion Tim Kelly;
filled to capacity with dignitaries, fel-                                                                                                                                             Tail Twister – Lion Maryrose Barnhurst;
low Lions, guests, and family members.                                                                                                                                                2 Years Directors – Lion Dr. Michael
District 4-C5 Governor Vivian Clinne-                                                                                                                                                 Ruiz; Lion Steven Barnhurst; and Lion
Shinn; incoming District 4-C5 1st Vice                                                                                                                                                Linda De Jesus; 1 Year Directors – Lion
District Governor (VDG) James Fong;                                                                                                                                                   Mannie Buentipo; Lion Bing Ventura;
incoming District 4-C5 2nd VDG and                                                                                                                                                    and Lion Les Duldulao; Membership
Cabinet Secretary (CS) Derek Ledda;                                                                                                                                                   Chair – Lion Lynn Ventura; Immediate
and Past District (PDG) Bert and Partner                                                                                                                                              Past President – Lion Efren Diaz; and
in Service (PinS) Julie Melliza, were                                                                                                                                                 Advisor – PDG Bert Melliza.
the special guests for the evening. PDG                                                                                                                                                  After the Installation, MC Lion Celsa
Bert was also the Installing Officer and                                                                                                                                              introduced President Dee. She gave
incoming 2nd VDG Derek was the In-                                                                                                                                                    a very short and moving acceptance
ducting Officer for the evening.                                                                                                                                                      speech. President Dee thanked and
    Lion Celsa Taraya, Mistress of Cere-                                                                                                                                              congratulated the 2009 – 2010 Maharlika
mony (MC), opened the program by wel-                                                                                                                                                 Cabinet and Board of Directors for step-
coming everyone. She then introduced                                                                                                                                                  ping up and taking the responsibility to
the Head Table and established Protocol.                                                                                                                                              lead the Club. President Dee promised
Lion Tim Kelly gave the invocation for                                                                                                                                                to perform her duties according to the
the evening. The Maharlika 7 led the                                                                                                                                                  high standards set by the Past Maharlikan
guests in singing of God Bless America,                                                                                                                                               Presidents.
a patriotic song and the Pledge of Al-                                                                                                                                                  Following President Dee’s Acceptance
legiance. A delicious Filipino dinner                                                                                                                                                 Address, Lion Sarah introduced CS Lion
with a full lechon was served. DJ Paul                                                                                                                                                Derek, the Inducting Officer, and read his
Yagen was set up the right front corner of                                                                                                                                            biography. Then CS Lion Derek, along
the room and was playing some smooth                                                                                                                                                  with President Dee’s help, inducted the
dinner music.                                                                                                                                                                         following new members: Scott Shafer,
   Following the dinner break, MC Lion                                                                                                                                                Leila Pereira, Gloria M. Ochoa, Nestor
Celsa introduced outgoing President                                                                                                                                                   “Nes” Bautista, and Perla Ramos-Fats,
Efren Diaz of Maharlika Lions Club.                                                                                                                                                   as new baby Lions of the Maharlika
Lion Efren welcomed everyone, espe-                                                                                                                                                   Lions Club.
cially the dignitaries, and acknowledged                                                                                                                                                  We would like to acknowledge and
that protocol had been established. Lion     significantly during his year as President.   Lion Susan Bautista; Lion Carmen Con-         and PinS Linda Cu; Lion Anthony De           thank Lion Dave San Pedro for providing
Efren gave his Welcome and State of the      As we pointed out at the beginning of the     erly; Lion Tony Daquipa; Lion Maria De        Guzman; Lion Joe De Vega; Lion Dr.           the pictures for this article. We would
Club Address. He briefly outlined some       article, Maharlika Lions Club is famous       Anda; Lion Victoria “Vickie” Debord;          Michael Ruiz; Lion Dave San Pedro;           also like to congratulate and thank outgo-
of the clubs major accomplishments dur-      for stepping outside the box. Outgoing        Lion Merwin Diaz; Lion Elmer Flana-           DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD:                 ing President Efren Diaz and Ester, his
ing the past year. He went on to thank       President Efren was no exception in           gan; Lion Cristina Garcia; Lion Olivia        Lions Bien and Linda De Jesus; Lion Su-      outgoing First Lady, and his outgoing of-
all the outgoing officers and members        his awards that he presented. Charlene        Jacobo; Lion Susana Kelly; Lion Lina          san De Jesus; Lion Friz Diaz; Lion Lester    ficers for their hard work, dedication and
for their support and dedication during      Entao, his daughter, and he designed and      Lewis-Shafer; Lion Ed Mancia; Lion            Duldulao; Lion Jojo Francisco; Lion          outstanding leadership of the Maharlika
the last year.                               produced all the awards he presented.         Diana O’Brien; Lion Gabriel “Gabby”           Toffee Javier; CS Lion Derek Ledda;          Lions Club. Further, we want to congrat-
   Lion Efren concluded his welcome ad-          Lion Efren presented the following        Ortigoza; Lion Michael Ramos; Lion            PDG Bert Melliza; Lion Marycor Ramos;        ulate President Dee and her officers, as
dress by making his presentation of Club     awards: CERTIFICATES OF SERVICE:              Joseph Sahagun; Lion Dennis Tonel;            LIONS OF THE YEAR AWARD: Lions               well as the new members, and the award
awards to the various officers and mem-      Lion Ester Carrasco, Rizal Lions Club;        Lion Fely Villanueva; PRESIDENT’S             Carle and Sarah Enloe and Lions Bing         recipients. We wish them all the success
bers of the Club, who had contributed        Yvette Nonato; Lion Conchita Andrade;         APPRECIATION AWARD: Lion Ben                  and Lynn Ventura. Kodakan moments            possible in the upcoming year.

        Arrieta-Balatbat Families Celebrate the Wedding of Jonathan Ball Arrieta
                            & Sherrieanne Amelita Balatbat
O       n June 5, 2010, we had
        the honor of attending the
        Holy Mass and Sacrament
of Matrimony of Sherrieanne
Amelita Balatbat, daughter of
                                                                                                                                                                                      room was head table set up the bride and
                                                                                                                                                                                      groom and the wedding party. The DJ
                                                                                                                                                                                      was set up in the right front of the room
                                                                                                                                                                                      and playing some smooth tunes for the
                                                                                                                                                                                      guests’ pleasure.
                                                                                                                                                                                            The Bridal Party and family was
Shirley and Alejandro Balatbat,                                                                                                                                                       introduced as they entered the room and
and Jonathan Ball Arrieta, son                                                                                                                                                        made their way to their tables and/or the
of Cynthia and Rudy Arrieta, at                                                                                                                                                       head table. Then Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan
                                                                                                                                                                                      and Sherrieanne Arrieta, the bride and
Good Shepherd Catholic Church                                                                                                                                                         groom, were introduced as they entered.
in Elk Grove, CA. The Reverend                                                                                                                                                        After everyone was seated, a delicious
Father Alfredo “Tam” Tamayo,                                                                                                                                                          sit down late lunch was served. After
Pastor of Good Shepherd Catholic                                                                                                                                                      lunch, Jonathan and Sherrieanne cut their
Church was the celebrant for the                                                                                                                                                      wedding cake.
                                                                                           Abeleda and Derek Le; and Christina Lee      and groom offered and lit a candle for            Then there were toasts to the bride
wedding. A reception would fol-                                                                                                         their dearly departed family members.         and groom. Jonathan and Sherrieanne
                                                                                           and Kent Dingley; Junior Bridesmaid and
low at the Courtyard by Marriott                                                           Junior Groomsman: Djenna Ghozali and         During the mass, Father Tamayo deliv-         took their traditional first dance together.
Sacramento Cal Expo, Sacra-                                                                Marcus Acosta; Flower Girl: Jasmine          ered a very profound homily. After the        Then Sherrieanne and Alejandro, her
mento, CA.                                                                                 Haight; Ring Bearer: Angelo Magla-           services concluded, the wedding party         father, took their customary father and
                                                                                           sang; Coin Bearer: Marcus Acosta; Veil       made their exit and then returned a short     daughter dance. Then the money dance
At the appointed hour the ceremonial en-                                                   Sponsors: Marianne Acosta and Roger          time later to the altar for the customary     followed for the bride and groom. Af-
trance of the wedding party begin, led by                                                  Arrieta; and Cord Sponsors: Nancy Ball       Kodakan moments.                              terwards, the traditional bouquet toss by
Jonathan, quite handsome in a black tux-                                                   and Victor Balatbat.                             The Courtyard by Marriott Sacra-          Sherrieanne and the traditional garter
edo and escorted by his parents, Cynthia                                                     Finally the moment everyone had been       mento Cal Expo was the perfect choice         toss by Jonathan were conducted. Then
and Rudy Arrieta. Following the groom                                                      waiting for had arrived. Sherrieanne         for the wedding reception - subdued           the dance floor was opened for general
                                                    Sherrieanne and Jonathan                                                                                                          dancing.
were the Principal Sponsors: Marianne                                                      Amelita Balatbat, beautiful in an elegant    but elegant with excellent service. The
Acosta and Roger Arrieta; and followed       duced and entered: Maria Arrieta. Fol-        off the shoulders white wedding gown,        lobby outside the banquet room was set
by the Secondary Sponsors: Nancy Ball        lowing the grandmothers’ introduction         escorted by her very proud and beaming       up and decorated with a buffet table of       We want to extend our personal con-
and Victor Balatbat. Then the Grand-         were the: Maid of Honor and Best Man:         parents, Shirley and Alejandro Balatbat,     hors d’oeuveres for the guests and an         gratulations and best wishes for a long,
mother of the Bride was announced and        Laurieanne Balatbat and Jhustin Abeleda       made her way to the altar to be presented    open bar of wine in one corner and a          prosperous, and loving marriage to Mr.
entered: Lolita Norwood. Afterwards,         Bridesmaids and Bridesmen: Angelina           to Jonathan.                                 nice area set for the photographer to take    and Mrs. Jonathan and Sherrieanne Ar-
the Grandmother of the Groom was intro-      Arrieta and Anthony Mora; Marinelle              At the start of the ceremony the bride    pictures of the guests. At the front of the   rieta.

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                                                                                                                                       Henry Espera Celebrates
                                                                                                                                   Birthday with Family and Friends

                                                                                                                                  W        ell known Galt Com-
                                                                                                                                           munity leader Henry
                                                                                                                                           Espera whose 68th
                                                                                                                                  birthday actually falls on July
                                                                                                                                  9 was given a surprise birthday
                                                                                                                                  party on July 11, 2010 by his
                                                                                                                                  loving and caring wife Rosie.
                                                                                                                                  The party was held at Vienna Nurs-
                                                                                                                                  ing and Rehab where Rosie, a nurse
                                                                                                                                  herself is the MDS coordinator and it
                                                                                                                                  was attended by their sons Erik and
                                                                                                                                  Troy with close friends, relatives and
                                                                                                                                  some staff members of the rehabilita-
  Happy 1st Birthday to Grayson Diaz Entao! Family and friends                                                                    tion complex.
  gathered at the Bridgeway Lakes Boathouse in West Sacramento                                                                        Henry Espera has been a com-
       , CA on August 1, 2010 to celebrate Grayson’s 1st birthday.                                                                munity leader in Galt, California,
                                                                                                                                  having been the former President of
                                                                                                                                  the Filipino American Association
                                                                                                                                  of Galt and Vicinity for 10 years.
                                                                                                                                  The celebrant has been credited for
                                                                                                                                  having vigorously fought to equip
                                                                                                                                  and train the personnel of the city’s
                                                                                                                                  fire and police departments of some
                                                                                                                                  life saving devices during their emer-
                                                                                                                                  gency calls to immediate attend to
                                                                                                                                  the needs of stricken person.                      Henry and wife Rosie
                                                                                                                                     For having introduced and adapted
                                                                                                                                  such commendable idea, the city
                                                                                                                                  of Galt recognized the community
                                                                                                                                  leadership of the celebrant and many
                                                                                                                                  of those benefitted individuals were
                                                                                                                                  thankful for having such life saving
                                                                                                                                  devices that have saved their lives.
                                                                                                                                     Likewise, many home owners were
                                                                                                                                  also thankful for happily living in
On August 6, 2010, Family and Friends gathered at Logan ’s Restaurant in Elk Grove , CA to celebrate the birthdays                their dream houses through the help
Andre Yagen (August 3) and David Yagen ( July 29). It was definitely a lively and fun filled evening in the company               and advice of the celebrant who had
of their Grandfather, Dionisio Tonel.                                                                                             been a real estate practitioner during
                                                                                                                                  his younger years.
                                                                                                                                     Many of those who have attended
                                                                                                                                  the party were individuals who re-
                                    PAALAM, UTOL                                                                                  ceived advice and helping hand from
                                                                                                                                  the celebrant when they just newly Henry’s friends from Sacramento
                                                                                                                                  arrived in the United States as im-
 Sa aking pinakamamahal na kapatid Bobby,                                                                                         migrants. They took the occasion to greet        Those who have seen enjoying
                                                                                                                                  him on his birthday and also to reiterate the party were; Jun and Cora Espera,
 Kasabihan nang dadalawang bagay lang sa mundo ang             ng Enero at ikaw naman ay Nobyembre.                               their heartfelt gratitude for what he has Herbert Espera, Alma and Mario de la
 may katiyakan – buwis at kamatayan. Iyong una, buwis,            Utol, buong puso kong pinasasalamatan ang lahat ng              done for them.                              Cruz, Jun and Rita Taguio, Aurelia &
 ay madali-daling pangalagaan dahil alam natin kung            iyong naitulong sa akin. Iginagalang ko at pinahahala-               Those who graciously attended the birth- Linda Dingle, Emma Francisco, Vivian
 kaylan tayo dapat magbayad ng buwis sa lupa, buwis            gahan ng walang katapusan ang iyong patnubay at pa-                day celebration were treated with catered Franco, Willie Lagaspa, Remy Valdez,
 sa ating kita at iba pang nagpapanggap                                       suporta sa aking mga desisyon sa buhay.             Filipino and American food and a special Tony, Norma, Amor and Beverly, Es
 na bayarin na kung tutuusin ay buwis ding                                        Utol, hindi sasapat na sabihing na-             cake for the occasion. The celebrant per- Hernandez, Mon Viridiano, Jun Abaya
 matatawag.                                                                   pakabait mong kapatid, napakabuti mong              sonally cut the first slice of the cake for and partner, Rod, Emer and Elaine Cri-
     Kamatayan, iyan ang hindi madaling                                       magulang sa iyong mga anak, maalahanin              his loving wife and a slice for everyone as sistomo. Nieces and Nephews; Mari-
 pangalagaan at sabi nga nila ay parang                                       at mapagmahal kang kabiyak ng iyong                 they spontaneously sung happy birthday tess, Gino, Mae, Jeff, Merly, Llovely,
 magnanakaw na bigla na lang sumasala-                                        asawa, iginagalang at tinitingalang amain,          and wished him the best of everything in KJ, Nancy, Meg, Kayla, Nikki, Edwin
 kay ng walang paisansantabi. Madali                                          at mainam at masarap na kaibigan sa iyong           his life.                                   and many others.
 ring mamutawi sa ating mga bibig na ang                                      hindi mabilang na mga kumare, kumpare,
 kamatayan ay kapiling ng ating pagsilang                                     at mga kaibigan. Higit-higit sa lahat buong
 sa mundong ito. Kung ang ating pagsilang                                     pagmamalaking kong inihahayag ang
 ang simula; ang kamatayan ang siyang                                         walang kahit na anong kondisyon mong
 katapusan.                                                                   pagmamahal sa ating mga magulang.
    Utol, halos tatlong taon na ang nakara-                                   Alam ko at alam ng lahat kung gaano mo
 raan nang matapos tayong magsalo-salo                                        kamahal ang ating mga magulang.
 sa walang humpay na pagkain ng lobster                                          Utol, nagdurugo ang aking puso, hindi
 sa Boomtown Casino ay isiniwalat mo                                          mapugto-pugto ang aking pagluha, ipi-
 sa amin ang iyong malubhang karamda-                                         nagsisigawan ko sa Panginoong Diyos na
 man. Noon hanggang ngayon ay hindi ako                                       sana, sana ay tulad ni Lazaro ay bumangon
 makapaniwala na sasapit sa iyo ang isang                                     ka at bigyan pa ng hininga ang buhay mong
 karamdaman na walang lunas.                                                  napugto ng iyong karamdaman.
    Mula nang malaman ko ito ay walang                                          Utol, madaling sabihin na sa isang banda
 araw na hindi ako balisa dahil sa pag-                                       ay hindi ka na makararanas ng sakit sa
 aalala sa iyo. Noon at hanggang sa huling                                    iyong mga buto at kalamnan. Madaling
 sandali mo ay nagtatanong-tanong ako kung ano ang             sabihin papunta ka na sa kapayapaan ng langit. Madal-
 makalulunas sa iyong karamdaman.                              ing sabihin na magkakasama-sama na kayo sa langit ng
    Tulad ng isang mabuting anak, mabait na kapatid at         Itay at ni Angkor.
 maalalahaning magulang hindi mo inihayag sa amin na               Pero napakasakit, parang hindi ko matatangap na
 binigyan ka na pala ng iyong Duktor ng isang taon tan-        ang aking pinakamamahal na kapatid ay wala na sa
 ing para mabuhay.                                             mundong aking ginagalawan. Tanging ang matibay at
    Hindi ko ito alam, Utol, at parang gumuho ang aking        walang pakondisyong kong pananalig sa Panginoong
 mundo nang ito ay sabihin sa akin ng iyong mabuting           Diyos ang umaalalay sa akin sa napakatinding dagok
 asawa samantalang nakaratay ka sa Methodist Hospital          ng tadhana na ito.
 noong nakaraang buwan ng Hunyo.                                 Utol, alam kong napakapribadong tao mo at wala kang
                                                               kahilig-hilig sa mga usap-usapin o tsismis ng ibang tao.           Family, close friends, and relatives of Henry Espera
 Utol, noon at hanggang sa huling sandali ay dumada-           Gusto mong sarilinin na lang lahat ng nauukol sa iyo. At
 langin ako sa ating Panginoong Diyos na pahabain pa           marahil ay hindi ka sasang-ayon sa aking pagsisiwalat
 ang iyong buhay at sana ay bigyan ka nang milagro para        ng nangyari sa iyo at kung gaano kita kamahal bilang
 gumaling.                                                     kapatid.
 Noon at hanggang sa huling sandali ay inihahandog ko             Pero tulad ng sasambulat na bulkan, kailangan kong                             In Loving Memory
 sa ating Panginoong Diyos ang aking sariling buhay para       ilabas sa mundong ito kung gaano kahapdi, at kung gaano                                       of
 lang bigyan ka pa ng mahabang buhay at gumaling. Lahat        kasakit ang aking nararamdaman sa iyong pagpanaw.
 ay nakahanda akong gawin para sa iyong ikagagaling            Gusto ko ring ipaabot at ipaalam sa hindi nakaalam                            Simeona Pascua Carpio
 at ikabubuti.                                                 kung gaano ka kadakila bilang anak, kapatid, asawa,
    Utol, hindi sapat ang katagang mahal kita para ipau-       magulang, amain, kumpare, at kaibigan.                                        July 1, 1924 - July 5, 2010
 nawa sa iyo at sa lahat kung gaano kita kamahal. Mahal          At maaaring ito rin ang paraan para hindi mawala ang
 kitang kapatid ng higit sa tibok ng aking puso at kaluluwa.   aking katinuan bunga ng iyong paglisan. Higit sa lahat              Our family wishes to extend our sincere thanks
 Mahal na mahal kita dahil sa ikaw ay ikaw. Wala na akong      ito rin ang aking pamamaraan ng pagpapaalam sa iyo                  and appreciation to all of you who have shared
 papangarapin pang kapatid na tulad mo.                        aking pinakamamahal at iginagalang na kapatid.                        our grief during this difficult time. Your ex-
     Utol, mula sa ating pagsilang hanggang sa huling                                                                               pression of love and sympathy will always be
 sandali ay wala akong maalala na alitan nating dalawa.                                                Paalam Utol,                                  remembered.
 Ikinararangal at ipinagmamalaki ko na tayo ay ipinan-                                                 Kuya Mahnel
 ganak na magkasukob sa isang taon: ako ay ipinanganak                                                 July 7, 2010                               The Carpio Family

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The Real Score Why Pacquiao-Mayweather WWE star Batista talks about MMA debut,
Will Not Happen                                         Filipinos as natural born fighters and rolling
By Kenneth Ragpala          Mayo pointed out in his ar-
                            ticle, why was Mayweather
                                                        with Pacquiao
Over the past weeks                                             booted out from his office                         By Dennis “D Source” Guillermo
                                                                for unsettled rental fees?
after the failed second                                         Sounds like Floyd needs                            “Filipinos are by nature fighters. I
attempt to put seven-                                           money.                                             believe that 100%[...] We're durable.
division champion                                                  And then there is Bob                           We're hungry. We're aggressive
Manny Pacquiao (53-                                             Arum. Floyd has pointed out                        people. We're just fighters. Filipinos
3-2, 38 KOs) and for-                                           how he totally hates the wise                      have nothing man. They really can't
                                                                and wily boxing promoter                           get anything unless they fight for it.
mer pound-for-pound                                             and has no problem talking                         You work hard for it. I have that.
top dog Floyd May-                                              to the media about it. But                         That was instilled in me through
weather Jr., scribes                                            really, a huge fight is at stake                   my grandfather and I believe that.
and fans have con-                                              with Floyd’s legacy and rep-                       I've always said that every time I go
cluded that there are                                           utation on the line, there has                     to the Philippines, I've had to work
                                                                to be some meeting ground.                         hard for everything. Nothing was
three T’s why the fight                                         Floyd and Bob did able to                          ever handed to me. I worked for it.
is not going to hap-                                            make some arrangements on                          And it's just something that's in my
pen, at least this year                                         the first negotiations before                      blood." -- Dave Batista
anyway and at least in             Floyd Mayweather                 Floyd threw the drug
Mayweather’s mind,                                                  testing protocols slash                        Retired Filipino-American WWE
                                            the proverbial monkey wrench on the negotiating                        wrestling superstar Dave Batista (Da-
according to the boxing insider inter- table. Floyd hates the man, but it does not mean                            vid Michael Bautista Jr.) will soon be
viewed by Lorne Scoggins; Trial, Tax, and he can’t work with him.                                                  joining the ranks of his fellow profes-
Total disgust for Bob Arum.                                                                                        sional wrestlers who transitioned into
                                                         So what’s the real score?                                 mixed martial arts fighters like Brock Batista (right) with Pacquiao before his fight versus Hatton in 2009
It is no secret that Roger Mayweather, Pretty Boy        According to Scoggin’s insider, Floyd is scared           Lesnar, Bobby Lashley and Josh Barnett.
Floyd’s loud and uber-confident trainer, is facing       of Arum’s huge influence over boxing officials,              Batista is taking his move to MMA seriously and art involving stick fighting, which helps develop
a trial for assaulting a female boxer who happened       judges, and referees. Al Haymon and Golden Boy            has been working on his Jiu Jitsu at Ceasar Gracie's hand speed and striking power.
to be a former client. A fight in November is highly     do not have that kind of influencing abilities like       camp out out in California and is eying his MMA             The transition from entertainment sports to
impossible for Floyd since trials for Roger will be-     Arum does and that is why Floyd is looking to sign        debut with Strikeforce for early 2011.                   real full contact competition is something that
gin in October. It is quite understandable that Floyd    up with Don King. Floyd wants the protection of              Batista admitted that he has much to learn in the Batista feels he needed to try. In his own words,
won’t fight without Uncle Roger in his corner. But       the Don and in all intents and purposes, King has         world of MMA and is willing and eager to put the time it's in his blood. And hanging around with the
there is always Big Floyd. This writer is pretty sure    the same extent of influence (or even more) as            in to become a legitimate MMA fighter. His decision best boxer in the world Many Pacquiao, whom
Senior will be more than happy to train Lil’ Floyd.      Arum has.                                                 to train at Caesar Gracie's Jiu Jitsu Academy will he walked to the ring last year against Ricky
But was it Senior who said he doesn’t want his son         Another conspiracy theory in the works? Maybe.          serve him well as fighters like Jake Shields, Nick and Hatton, only added fuel to his fire. Perhaps he
to fight Pacquiao? Huge dilemma indeed.                  It is plausible. Arum is not as clean as a whistle.       Nate Diaz and Gilbert Melendez did training with the can also benefit if he started rolling with 2-time
  Taxes is also a huge problem for Floyd, at least ac-   A casual boxing fan would remember that Arum              highly respected Caesar Gracie.                          NCAA Division 1 wrestling champion Mark
cording to well-known Floyd admirer David May            challenged Dela Hoya to make public the former              The proud Filipino-blooded Batista, who has a tat- Munoz to learn some take down and wrestling
of the Grand Rapids Press. Simply put, Mayo said         boxer’s medical records during the drug testing           too of the Philippine flag on his left arm mentioned techniques just in case his signature 'sit-down
Floyd has some “accounting difficulties” because         debacle earlier this year. Dela Hoya never made a         training in the art of Kali, an ancient Filipino martial power bomb' don't work in real life.
of the millions he has made. Mayo insinuated that        comment about it, right? It does not take a scientist
Floyd is better off financially if he opts to fight
                                                                                                                   The Indestructible Pacquiao
                                                         t to know Arum knows something that others don’t.
Pacquiao next year. Interestingly, with all the          Others except Don King.
money Floyd has made and the recent claims that          But what is never shady is that Pacquiao-May-
he has no tax problems, one can wonder why Floyd         weather is the most anticipated boxing event since        By Moncayo Blackbull
would just hire an accounting firm to take care of       the roaring 80s. It needs to happen and if Don King                                                                  shed and dehydrate to make the weight of 145
his financial worries. If money is overflowing, as       is the man to do it, then let Don King do it.
                                                                                                                   Manny Pacquiao believes he is invincible,                  lbs. and anyone in boxing knows the last few
                                                                                                                   king of the ring in 5 different weight divi-               pounds are the toughest and the most damaging
                                                                                                                                                                              to a fighter.
                                                                                                                   sions. As all great fighters, Pacquiao is not
                     The Greatest HitMakers                                                                        willing to accept defeat but is he taking too
                                                                                                                   much of a risk in fighting Antonio Marga-
                                                                                                                                                                                  In this contest against Margarito the weight
                                                                                                                                                                              is being negotiated at a catch-weight of 150 lbs.

                      Live in Reno Nevada
                                                                                                                                                                              which means Pacquiao will most likely weigh
                                                                                                                   rito.                                                      in between 142-145 lbs. and Margarito, you
                                                                                                                                                                              can bet will come in at the limit of 150lbs. or
           Sept. 5, 2010 at Grand Sierra Grand Theater                                                             Pacquiao won his first world title in the Flyweight di-    if there is a give or take a pound clause in the
                                                                                                                                                                              contract, Margarito will weigh in at 151 lbs.
      Rico Puno, Marco Sison, Rey Valera & Nonoy Zuniga
                                                                                                                   vision, weighing in at 112 lbs. and is the current WBC
                                                                                                                   Welterweight champion and shows no weaknesses in           You can bet Margarito will take advantage of
                                                                                                                   his arsenal so being lenient in negotiating a fight with   this opportunity.
                                                                                                                   Margarito does not seem to be a big problem.                  The weight issue by far is the most damaging
                                                                                                                       Pacquiao started his professional boxing career        and threatening to Pacquiao and I for one cannot
                                                                                                                   at a meager weight of 106 lbs, fighting his first ten      figure out why team Pacquiao is even considering
                                                                                                                   contests weighing no more than 110 lbs. Since then,        a consent to the catch weight of 150lbs. After
                                                                                                                   Pacquiao has won the WBC flyweight, WBC Super              all it is not like Margarito is on top of the world
                                                                                                                   Bantamweight, WBC Super Featherweight, and the             right now.
                                                                                                                   WBC lightweight. Pacquiao currently reigns as the
                                                                                                                   WBO welterweight (147 lb.) champion.                       No need for Pacquiao to consent to any of these
                                                                                                                       Pacquiao now ventures into no-man’s land as it         two issues and should stand his ground, at the
                                                                                                                   looks, he will battle Margarito on November 13th of        very least, either have the fight in the Philippines
                                                                                                                   this year, A very bold move for the fighter known as       or make the fight at 145lbs. max, preferably, the
                                                                                                                   the best “Pound-for-Pound”.                                weight issue and not going above 145lbs.
                                                                                                                       The fight between Pacquiao and Margarito was
                                                                                                                   one of the contests on my “wish list”, a fight I said I    Margarito is not in a position to argue and de-
                                                                                                                   would like to see. However, I would like to see the        mand anything, Margarito’s boxing career is in
                                                                                                                   fight on an even playing field. As it turns out, two of    dire straits and I’d be willing to bet Margarito
                                                                                                                   the main ingredients in matching a contest are favor-      will take this fight no matter what the terms.
                                                                                                                   ing Margarito, one being location and the other the
                                                                                                                   weight issue.                                              My question is, where is Freddy Roach and why
                                                                                                                       Bob Arum is currently negotiating to have the          has he not been vocal in this negotiating. Roach,
                                                                                                                   contest fought at the Cowboy’s Stadium in Dallas           of all people should know the consequences a
                                                                                                                   Texas.                                                     fight like this can have on his fighter. Was it not
                                                                                                                     Should the contest be held in Dallas, then Mexican       the outspoken words of Roach being critical of
                                                                                                                   fans will surely flock by the thousands to see and         Murad Muhammad based on the safety and well
                                                                                                                   hope Margarito can pull off what no other Mexican          being of Pacquiao. Roach said and made it clear
                                                                                                                   icon has been able to do, and that is defeat Pacquiao.     his interest with Pacquiao was merely to assist
                                                                                                                   Understandably, Pacquiao’s last fight in Dallas was        and help the fighter from being cheated (referring
                                                                                                                   met with plenty of support by Mexican fight fans           to dealing between Pacquiao and Muhammad).
                                                                                                                   but that was against a non-Mexican opponent, won’t         Well allowing the huge advantages Margarito is
                                                                                                                   happen this time.                                          being served for this fight, to me, is a big form
                                                                                                                      The crowd itself is something I’m sure Pacquiao         of cheating.
                                                                                                                   can handle, after all he was successful in silencing
                                                                                                                   this issue when he fought Mexican greats, Antonio          I have no doubt Pacquiao can beat Margarito on
                                        For Greater endurance, Boost Energy, Powerful                              Barrera, Erik Morales, and Juan Manuel Marquez.            a level playing field but considering the terms of
                                                                                                                   Pacquiao even did a number on Mexican American             this contest unfortunately, the odds have shifted
                                        Orgasms, Increased Sex Drive                                               icon Oscar De LaHoya. So maybe the crowd is not so         in favor of Margarito.
                                                                                                                   much an issue, nevertheless combine this advantage            I find it difficult to pick Pacquiao as the vic-
                                                                                                                   with the weight issue and together they become a           tor over Margarito, but easy for me to be in the
                                                                                                                   detrimental factor.                                        Pac-Man’s corner.
                                                                                                                     Margarito stands tall, near 6ft. compared to the 5’6”       I’m wishing Pacquiao well and may you pull
                                                                                                                   frame of Pacquiao. Margarito’s reach stretches 73”         this venture off with a victory.
                                                                                                                   compared to Pacquiao’s reach of 67”. Now wishful
                                                                                            Comparable             fans will compare the Margarito fight with that of         Should Pacquiao pull off a victory over Marga-
   916.708.8612                                                                           but better & safer       De LaHoya but the big difference in the fight with         rito under this contract arrangement, then surely                                                                       than Viagra           De LaHoya was the WEIGHT. De LaHoya had to                 he will go down in history as the greatest.                                                         & Cialis
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Robin Padilla responds to ex-wife’s accusations Ogie says second marriage will be for keeps
Apologizes to her and the kids                                                                                       By Mario Bautista
By Anya Santos                                                                                                       ‘We’ve been public figures for so                                        For tickets, call Ticketnet, Tick-
                                                                                                                     long we want our wedding to be                                         etworld or 544-7906, 544-7904.

R       obin Padilla may be out of this noon-                                                say anything that                                                                              The producer of their concert
                                                                                             she likes. That’s       private naman so it won’t turn
        time show in observance of Ramadan,                                                                          into a circus. – Ogie Alcasid’                                         also produced Joel Lamangan’s
                                                                                             her right, as free                                                                             acclaimed “Sigwa,” which got
        but it seems the intrigues would not                                                 men, we have
let up even during the course of this solemn                                                                         OGIE Alcasid and Ryan Cay-                                             an A from the Cinema Evaluation
                                                                                             to respect each         abyab, both songwriters, are                                           Board. Pelita Uy said they’re very
occasion.                                                                                    other’s views.          having a big concert together for                                      proud of “Sigwa” that will have
                                                                                             As a mother, she        the first time, “O.C. at the PICC”                                     several fund-raising screenings
On Aug. 8, an online entertainment site reported that                                        must protect her        on October 8. At the start of its                                      to help charitable institutions and
Padilla’s ex-wife Liezl Sicangco, isn’t all too happy                                        children. Total-        presscon, Ogie quickly warns                                           has already been invited to vari-
that the action star-turned-TV host seems to have                                            ly understand-          us: “No questions about the                                            ous international filmfests.
sidelined their children, particularly their youngest,                                       able...”                wedding, please.” To which our
Ali, in the heat of his pursuit of Mariel Rodriguez.                                         Padilla may not         first question is: “When will it be                                     Is it true that GMA and Viva
   Sicangco said Padilla hasn’t visited Ali for weeks.                                       have been able          and which church?” He laughs.                                           Films are doing a remake of Sin-
She also alleged that, “…Tinuturuan na niyang                                                to say much             “I can’t discuss the details of                                         ing Silangan’s “Langis at Tubig,”
[Padilla] mambabae ang anak ko. Tapos, sinasabi pa                                           more than that          the wedding simply because                                              the theme song of which was
niya sa bata na dapat, e, magkaroon din ito ng apat                                          statement, but a        Regine and I haven’t really sat                                         popularized by Sharon Cuneta
na asawa paglaki.”                                                    Robin Padilla          source told the         down together to figure it out.                                         in 1978, as the reunion movie of
   She went on to declare, “Sana, kung hindi na niya                                         online entertain-       Also, we want to keep it secret                                         Mark Anthony Fernandez and
maalagaan ang aming mga anak, e, ibalik na lang niya        ment site that the kids—Queenie, Kylie and               as we cannot invite everyone.                                           Claudine Barretto? The deci-
ito sa akin dito sa Australia.”                             Ali—prefer to stay here in the country with their        We’ve been public figures for                                           sion was made after GMA and
   On “The Buzz” on Aug. 15, host Boy Abunda read           father. Also pointing out that Padilla is a good         so long we want our wedding                                             Viva executives saw how well
Padilla’s official statement that said: “Ang Ramadan        dad and has not been remiss in his responsibili-         to be private naman so it won’t Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez Mac Alejandre directed “In Your
ay buwan ng pag-aayuno, pagpapatawad at pagmama-            ties, the source added that Padilla would even           turn into a circus. I hope you’ll                                       Eyes” so the remake of “Langis at
hal. Ako ay nakikiisa sa Islam sa pagbibigay halaga sa      take Ali to school and fetch him after.                  understand.”                                        Tubig” was offered to him. Both films are love tri-
mga Ina. Sapagkat ang Paraiso ay nasa paanan lamang            To further illustrate the point, the source dis-           For sure it won’t take place in Taal Church, angle flicks about two women fighting for the same
ng mga Ina. Kaya’t ako mismo ang kakausap sa aking          closed that Padilla continues to pay US$2,500 in         where his first wedding took place. He laughs guy. The original “Langis” starred Vilma Santos as
mga anak na umuwi na sa kanilang ina. Kung ako man          child support for Zhenzhen, the ex-couple’s third        again. How come Dr. Vicki Belo has announced on the wife, Amy Austria as the mistress and the late
ay may pagkukulang bilang ama, ako’y humihingi ng           child, who lives with Sicangco in Australia.             TV that they’re leaving with her soon as Regine’s Dindo Fernando as the erring husband. Claudine
tawad ng Allah, ni Liezl at ng mga bata.”                      A recent interview of Padilla was also aired          gown will be made by the US-based Monique and Mark will be perfect as the husband and wife,
  While this does not refute the accusations point-by-      on the Aug. 15 broadcast of “The Buzz” taken             Lhuillier?                                          but wonder who’ll be chosen the play the mistress
point, it seems that Padilla has considered Sicangco’s      during Ali’s “Celebration of Manhood” last Aug               “She did that? Aaaay, gusto kong sumigaw.”      role this time? Our suggestion: Cristine Reyes since
sentiments. But viewed from another angle, maybe            13. “In-explain ko sa kanya kung sino ‘yung                 Will he get a discount since he’s an endorser of she’s a Viva property.
this could also mean that Padilla is truly serious about    normal Ali… ‘Yung good time, lahat… ‘yun                 M.Lhuillier? we joked. “I doubt it,” he says.
his budding relationship with his “Pilipinas Win na         ‘yon. Merong Ali na, who will unite the tribe…             Looks like the bnidegroom is the one who’s busy Direk Mac is really so busy. He’s doing the hit
Win” co-host since he has not said he has put any           Kailangan alam niya kung ano ‘yung dalawang              attending to the details of the wedding this time? GMA soap “Endless Love” that will run until mid-
stop to it.                                                 direksiyon na ‘yun at pareho ko naman siyang                “Because I promised her a memorable wedding October. After that ends, he goes to Italy to do a
  For her part, in response to a query by the online en-    susuportahan doon sa kung ano ‘yung pipiliin             and I want it to be really special.”                wintertime romance at the beautiful Lake Cuomo
tertainment site, Rodriguez remarked, “Ms. Liezel can       niya,” the proud father said.                                Is it going to be for good this time?           between Lugano and Milan. This is for APT En-
                                                                                                                         “I have no choice. My theme song for Regine tertainment of Tony Tuviera, but he won’t say yet
                                                                                                                     is ‘Ngayon at Kailanman’.”                          who’ll be his stars, so we tell him maybe it’s Jose
                                                                                                                         Wasn’t that also his song for the first one?
P-Noy at OPM officers oath-taking
                                                                                                                                                                         Manalo and Wally Bayola.
                                                                                                                        “No, English version ‘yun, ‘Now and Forever’,”
                                                                                                                     he laughs.                                          Dina Bonnevie is now a Kapatid as she has moved
                                                                                                                         He’s excited to work with a music legend like to TV5 to do a new series on primetime. This is “My
                                                                                                                     Mr. C. What are his favorite Mr. C songs?           Driver Sweet Lover,” a romantic comedy similar to
                                                                                                                        “’How Can I,’ ‘Araw-Gabi,’ and ‘Tuwing Um- those light entertainment fares made by Koreans.
                                                                                                                     uulan’ which Regine sang.”                          It stars JC De Vera in the title role of the romantic
                                                                                                                          And what songs of Ogie are the faves of Mr. driver and included in the cast are former lovers
                                                                                                                     C?                                                  Eddie Gutierrez and Pilita Corrales, with Danita
                                                                                                                        “’Nandito Ako,’ ‘Dito sa Puso Ko,’ ‘Kailangan Paner and Carla Humphries.
                                                                                                                     Kita’,” Mr. C says. “We’re both concerned with
                                                                                                                     Original Pilipino Music and we’re thankful to Annabelle Rama, manager of JC De Vera, says
                                                                                                                     Beginnings at 20 Plus of Pelita Uy for producing Pilita personally asked her to find a new show
                                                                                                                     our concert kasi puro foreign acts ang ginagawa for her since Pilita feels sickly when she’s not
                                                                                                                     rito lately.”                                       working. “Laging matamlay raw ang pakiramdam
                                                                                                                          “As president of OPM, we want to bring back niya kapag wala siyang trabaho,” says Annabelle.
                                                                                                                     the heydays of local music,” says Ogie. “If you’d “When I told her kasama siya sa bagong series ng
                                                                                                                     notice ang tagal ng walang local song na naghi- TV5, natuwa. When she performed sa show niya
                                                                                                                     hit. Christian Bautista is tops in Indonesia, Rico sa Salt and Pepper sa EDSA, bigay na bigay na ang
                                                                                                                     Blanco, in Hong Kong, Charice, in the U.S., but performance niya.”
                                                                                                                     how come dito sa atin puro songs ni Lady Gaga,        It’s nice she’s in good terms with Pilita and allows
                                                                                                                     Justin Bieber, or Korean songs ang maririnig mo? her to co-star with husband Eddie even if the two
                                                                                                                     We’re guilty of that even in ‘Party Pilipinas’ na had a past. “Oo naman, wala na sa’kin ‘yun. Pati nga
                                                                                                                     mostly foreign songs are used. So in our concert, anak nilang si Monching, I manage him. At saka,
                                                                                                                     we want it to be 80 or 90% OPM, led by the songs sure na sure na ako na sa ngayon, si Eduardo, sa
                                                                                                                     namin ni Mr. C and our guest, Noel Cabangon.” akin na lang, solong-solo ko na,” she laughs.

President Noynoy Aquino (ffith from left) with (from left) Jose Mari Chan, Christian Bautista, Gary Valenciano,      THE BOYFRIENDS                                                                    As with most pop hits,
Mitch Valdez, Ogie Alcasid, Noel Cabangon, Celeste Legaspi, Dingdong Avanzado and Jim Paredes – Photo by                                                                                           the Boyfriends songs have
Girlie Rodis|                                                                                                        Taking their cue from for-                                                    refrains that are sung over
                                                                                                                     eign superstars the Bee                                                       and over until the melody
Newly-elected OPM (Organisasyon ng Pilipinong               tance of music in our society and how important          Gees, famous for that hard,                                                   sticks to the minds of the
Mang-aawit) officers Ogie Alcasid, Christian Bau-           it is that we remember to help our beloved music         crackling, noose-around-                                                      listeners. Their first hit
tista, Gary Valenciano, Jose Mari Chan, Dingdong            industry. He has directed us to agencies in gov-         your-neck falsetto, Gary                                                      Dahil Mahal Kita’ has two
Avanzado and Noel Cabangon joined with past offi-           ernment that would assist OPM in achieving its           Arriola and Bob Guzman,                                                       catchy themes that are sung
cers Mitch Valdez, Celeste Legaspi and Jim Paredes          goals. He was in a cheerful mood and as always,          collectively known as The                                                     aloud and repeatedly, other
were sworn in by President Benigno Aquino III at            very humble and charismatic. “                           Boyfriends, not only sing                                                     famous songs that went
Malacañang’s Rizal Hall last Aug. 13.                          Other celebrities who witnessed the event were        like their foreign idols, but                                                 down in OPM history were
                                                            Regine Velasquez, Jessa Zaragosa-Avanzado,               were also packaged like                                                       “Salawahan, Bakit Labis
Oathtaking ceremonies began promptly at 4 p.m.              Girlie Rodis, Angeli Valenciano, Leo Martinez,           them. Where other local                                                       Kitang Mahal, Nais Kong
with Mitch’s heartwarming retrospect speech. She            Raymund Sajor, Franco and Ayen Laurel (who               artists are eager to deny                                                     Malaman Mo, First Love
recounted the time OPM was officially launched in the       did song numbers with the cast of Banaag at              any deliberate attempts to                                                    Never Dies and the clas-
presence of the late former President Corazon Aquino        Sikat), and youngest, newest OPM member Kea              ape foreign artists, the Boy-                                                 sic disco hit, Sumayaw,
(right after the EDSA Revolution) and has come full         Mauna Chan, who led the Pambansang Awit.                 friends are honest enough                                                     Sumunod.”
circle that day, being revived with new leaders in the                                                               to admit the considerable                                                        With Gary, the lead vo-
presence of her son, President Noynoy.                      Highlight of the day came after the ceremonies.          influence of the Bee Gees                                                     cals and acoustic guitarist
   OPM president Ogie Alcasid echoed P-Noy’s fa-            Celebrity officers took a short ferry ride across        over them.                                                                    and Bob on vocals and
mous lines in his speech, “Nasabi po ninyo: Walang          the palace to P-Noy’s residence, Bahay Pangarap                                                                                        lead guitar, the Boyfriends
wangwang, walang lamangan, walang tiwaling daan.            for a short courtesy get-together. P-Noy warmly           Prior to their rise to fame                                                  harmoniously went on to
Dagdag naming mga mang-aawit: Walang sintuna-               welcomed them, generously spent time with                as the Boyfriends, members                                                    become one of the pioneers
dong tinig sa awit ng pagkakaisa at tagumpay.”              them and shared his love for music by playing            Gary and Bob both were                                                        of pinoy pop, and their
P-Noy gave his speech after.                                tracks of his all-time favorite OPM standards            working for Octo Arts, which at that time was         money-making, disco-dancing hits would later on
   Ogie recounts, “P-Noy responded with words that          plus some Brazilian jazz, Michelle Legrand, Burt         still in the process of becoming the recording        define the exuberant music scene of the 70’s.
came directly from his heart. He reiterated the impor-      Bacharach and Sergio Mendez.                             giant that it is now.                                    Watch them live with Vina Morales and special
                                                                                                                         The ultimate boy band of the seventies, their     guest Jackie Chavez on Oct. 2 at the Grande Ex-
                                                                                                                     songs are generally confessions of love and yearn-    position Hall of the Silver Legacy Resort Casino
                                                                                                                     ing, mostly unrequited, in plain simple lyrics that   in Reno, Nevada. For more info, visit www.silver-
                                                                                                                     sound like they were written by pups in love. or The
           VINA                                                                                                      While the Bee Gees sometimes stray from the
                                                                                                                     simple mindedness of their love ditties to take a
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Unlike many superstars in the
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only an actress but is also a multi-
award-winning singer. What dis-
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fields of television, film, and
                                                            tour which began from 2002 until early 2007, she
Born on October 17, 1975, as Sharon Magdayao,               returned to television on the ABS-CBN program,
Morales began her career as a child actress in the          Maria Flordeluna (2007) where she played the
Philippines making her debut in 1986, for the film          main title character’s mother, Elvira. Then on
Nakagapos na Puso (1986) with her idol Sharon               August 12, 2007 she won the first ever Ikon
Cuneta. Through her natural acting ability, she never       Asean awards competition, a regional musical
lost sight of the first talent that got her discovered,     showcase to recognize talent from prominent
her singing. After performing numerous Filipino             Asian countries in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the
standards and Carpenters covers, in 1995, Morales           Philippines.
released her self-titled debut album, “Easy to Love”.
Mostly eschewing the middle-of-the-road arrange-            See her perform live with The Boyfriends and
ments of her contemporaries for more energetic              Jackie Chavez on Oct. 2 at the Grande Exposi-
numbers, Morales’ first full-length was considered to       tion Hall of the Silver Legacy Resort Casino in
be a promising musical start. Her U.S. multi-concert        Reno, Nevada. Visit

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